While children are still in high school, virtually all parents find themselves having a few conversations with their kids about what their plans are following graduation. In many cases, thankfully, their children will say that they want to go to college. When that’s the case, it means that there are many preparations that need to be made. One of the main ones is making sure that their child has all of the essential high school courses that are required in order to do well during their freshman year in college.
Are you wondering what some of the classes your child should have are before they start applying to college? Below, we have a list of some of the ones that they definitely should not graduate without.
Math. Although some people assume that college math courses are mostly for those who plan to major in mathematics or go into some kind of engineering, technology or science field, the reality is that math is a great foundational tool to help your child think logically and methodically. Plus, they are required to take basic courses in order to graduate. There tends to be math placement tests for college freshman at the beginning of the school year, so if they have already taken Algebra I & II, Geometry and Calculus and they did well in those classes, there’s a good chance that they will do well on those tests and not struggle with their college level math courses.
English. There are going to be plenty of papers and tests that will require handwritten essays and so, of course, doing well in English is essential. If your child goes to a school that offers an advanced level of English classes, recommend to them that they take one or two. In some cases, they can get college credit for doing so.
Science. Another subject that cannot be avoided in college is science. As a matter of fact, in order for your child to even be accepted into most colleges and universities, they will need to have taken (and passed) at least three different science courses including biology, anatomy and either chemistry or physics. Make sure that they don’t wait until their junior and senior year to take these classes. It could make things a bit stressful for them, academically, if they do.
Foreign language. There used to be a time when knowing a foreign language was more of a “luxury” than a necessity, but no longer is that the case. These days, there are many jobs that require prospective employees be able to speak and write in a language other than English. So, the sooner that your child has a foreign language committed to memory, the easier a college level course of it will be for them and the greater asset they’ll become in the workplace following graduation.
The Arts. Did you know that there are many studies that indicate that young people who participate in the Arts in high school prove to do better overall in school, including when it came to standardized tests? Whether your child has their sights set on Marylhurst University, Amherst College or some other college or university, encourage them to take up a music, art or theatre course. It’s fun, but it’s also a great way to get them ready for college too.