Choosing the right classes

A solid academic foundation lays the groundwork for your child's future. Throughout school, encourage your child in reading, writing, math, and science. These subjects provide the building blocks for further education and give more choices later on. In addition to the "basics," encourage your child to pursue other subjects such as art, music, computer science, health, physical education, and professional technical. These expand interest, skills, and knowledge and build important values.

Choosing the right classes in high school

High school offers new opportunities for your child. In most high schools, students are able to select many of the courses they take. They can also get involved in a host of other activities to support or expand their interests. Minimally, your child will want to plan coursework to ensure high school graduation in four years. Preferably, your child will plan to be "college ready."

The Board of Education sets subject requirements for high school graduation in Oregon. School districts sometimes have additional requirements. The courses required for entrance into college or postsecondary training vary from school to school. More selective colleges have more requirements. Review this chart to see how these general requirements compare.

Your child will most likely work with an advisor or counselor to select classes based upon educational plans and career goals. However, this activity may be done in a classroom. Your child needs you to be involved in the process:

Being college ready
To have the most options after graduation, completing basic college preparatory courses is often recommended. This is called being "college ready." Being college ready keeps the doors of opportunity open. The coursework may be rigorous, but for most young people, higher expectations lead to higher achievement. General requirements for college preparation include:

Beyond the basics
To enrich a student's high school academic experience, you and your child might want to explore other options such as:

Getting more help
If you need more information, don't hesitate to ask. Your child's school counselor or advisor can help. Your interest and involvement in your child's course planning is one important way to support your child's future.