To all College-Bound Juniors:
It is time to start thinking about your senior year schedule. Strong performance during your junior year is very important in the college admissions process, but so is your performance during senior year. Don’t take your foot off the gas pedal just yet! During your senior year, continue to choose classes that both challenge and interest you! Colleges want to see that you continue to excel during this last year, so don’t get lazy. This is not the time for senioritis! A solid senior year schedule should be comprised of courses in english, science, social studies, and math. It is likely that you will also have to take a foreign language and a visual or performing arts class. A strong schedule should have both AP and honors courses as well.
So, what is the perfect senior year schedule? Well, not to disappoint you, but there is no “perfect senior year schedule.” An ideal schedule is one that challenges a student and leads to academic growth. If you are looking for other ways to boost your academics, enroll in community college courses or dual credit classes. You could also take a for credit summer class on as college campus.
Before deciding on a schedule, discuss course options with your counselor. Also, it is important to think about what is required to apply to different colleges and what is competitive. For example, even though some colleges will require four years of math, many engineering programs will require AP Calculus BC and AP Physics 2. Go beyond what is listed on the main site and look for program-specific requirements or pick up the phone and call the admissions office to find out what competitive candidates are taking. You want to have a competitive academic transcript, so don’t be scared to challenge yourself!