High school demanding kids taking courses they dont need
My dd is a sophomore in HS. In order for her to graduate she will need 44 credits. Certain classes have to have a specific number of credits. Global(social studies) and English must have 4 years or 8 credits. Math and Science must have 3 years and 6 credits. Gym is 7 credits or 3 1/2 years. health and music are both one credit or 1 semester. Foreign languge is 2 credits or 1 year. art is also 1 credit or 1 semester and the rest are electives. To get an advanced diploma getting a cpl extra electives and another year of a foreign language
In 8th grade my dd got high school credit for math and science. Freshman year she took an advanced science class that was 2 different classes a regular science nad a research science. By the time Freshman year was over she was finished with her required science credits. She took another year of science this year so that she would have 3 seperate science classes with a lab. The end of this year she will also be finished with her required math credits. she ended freshman year with just over 20 credits. She filled her schedule this year. Most kids in her grade get 1 free period and 1 lunch period. Classes only meet 4 days a week so there is some freedom. She however filled her schedule to the brim and does not get lunch or a free period. She's filled out her course selection for next sememster already and she again filled her schedule. The end of this year math will be done, science is done, art is finished, foreign language will be finished, Health and she's taking music next semester so that will be done. She also has several electives under her belt. She is a theatre major which required extra theatre credits for an arts endorsed diploma which she has gotten a cpl of those. Mid way thru junior year she will have completed the 44 credits. She will be using junior year to take extra classes like non labed science classes and AP classes. She will have to still take English, Social studies and gym being that she can't double in core classes . but her schedule should be light. She found out recently that seniors now have to take a minimum of 6 classes. Why not tell her this before she filled her schedule for the year.