Guide For Choosing High School Classes

It’s wise to begin planning early for selecting your high school classes. You’ll need to balance your interests and skills with college entrance requirements. There are steps you can take to make this important process more thoughtful and organized while reducing stress at the same time.

We know how difficult it can be to choose high school courses. The courses teens choose in high school help set the path for their future as they complete high school and move on to higher education. Find out more about how to plan for your future high school coursework with an eye toward the future while keeping your interests and abilities in mind.

Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is an essential part and is easier said than done. Knowing what lies ahead will help you get started.

It’s important to know when you can start choosing high school classes. This starts for students in grade 8 going into grade 9 when choosing between the applied or academic stream. The two different streams give students more options and allow them to connect their learning to their future goals.

Applied courses are geared to hands-on learning and practical, real-world activities. Applied courses incorporate abstract reasoning, teaching problem-solving skills to resolve unfamiliar problems. Applied courses in grades 9 and 10 prepare students for college preparation classwork in grades 11 and 12. The applied stream is recommended for students who plan to attend college.

Academic courses are geared to theory and abstract reasoning. Hands-on and practical learning are incorporated as needed. Academic courses taken in grades 9 and 10 prepare students for university preparation classwork in grades 11 and 12. The academic stream is recommended for students who plan to attend university.

Consider What You Want To Do After High School

Don’t limit your thinking to just high school courses. It’s essential to think about what career you want to pursue and what you need to do to get there.

In addition to knowing the type of career you’d like to pursue, it’s equally important to have an idea of which classes you need to take to reach your goal. Knowing what classes you want to take can help save you some time in the future.

Know The Admission Requirements For College or University

Understanding what you want to do after high school connects closely to knowing higher education options’ admission requirements. Knowing the admission requirements for college or university, whichever path you want to choose, can greatly help select classes.

Being aware of the admission requirements for college or university also helps you with planning future coursework, as you’re aware of what will be required in the coming years.

Don’t Procrastinate When Choosing Your Courses

Procrastination has adverse effects when it comes to choosing classes, including classes filling up and becoming unavailable. Missing a course can cause problems later as well, as some classes have prerequisites that must be taken to sign up.

It’s always best to choose your classes as soon as possible after registration is open to make sure desired courses are available. Seek a balanced schedule that meets your goals and interests while being challenging but not overly rigorous.

Take Classes That Interest You

It’s important to choose classes that interest you. After you’ve registered for the required core courses, there will be room to fit in courses that allow you to pursue your interests. Classes in computer science, the arts, business, and culinary arts are just a few examples.

We know that not all classes your teen is going to take are interesting for them, which is why it’s important to balance it out with classes that match their interests. Subjects that pique your interest will make school more enjoyable while also building your skills in possible career areas and strengthening the foundation created by core courses.

Ask For Help

If you don’t know which course of study you want to pursue in high school, you can always talk with your guidance counsellor.

School guidance counsellors help students with academic and social development, so they are prepared for current and future coursework. They also help students explore future career possibilities and their interests. Counsellors help students assess and develop their skills and interests.

A guidance counsellor can help you make these tough decisions by assisting with the scheduling and planning, checking to ensure you are on track to meet your current and future goals. They can also help you overcome barriers to success and assist with college and career planning by working with you on college applications, job applications, interviewing, and writing resumes.

Students are being asked to begin planning their high school careers and pursue higher education at a young age. While this may be a daunting challenge, focusing on skill and interest areas and core requirements while planning coursework makes the process easier. When it comes to planning the future, earlier is always better. Guidance counsellors are among the best resources for helping students find out how their skills and interests can lead them into a successful high school and college experience.

If you’re looking for a place where teens can take high school courses online that are designed to help them with their plans, be sure to check out for more information.

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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