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Once students enter high school, they need a curriculum that will challenge them, prepare them for college, and perhaps get them some college credits too.
Parents should work with their student to figure out what their ultimate goal is. Then they can help pick the appropriate four-year curriculum.
While most high schools do have requirements across several areas of study, its best practice to pursue a course load that is as well-rounded as possible. If your child expresses particular interest in a subject, encourage him or her to take a diverse selection of courses within that field, or to take honors or advanced placement classes that they could leverage for college credit down the line.
The goal is to strike a balanced, challenging curriculum. You don’t want your child to be overloaded, nor do you want them to float through school. Otherwise, they’ll hit a wall in college. I typically recommend that kids take honors classes and have a strong core of English, math, science, history, and foreign language.
The biggest difference between a regular class and an honors class is speed. It’s important for students to challenge themselves with more difficult curriculum, and advocate for themselves if they need help.
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Jamie Dickenson, MBA, CEP
Independent Educational Consultant specializing in college admissions and financial aid, motivational speaker, business coach and owner of Jamie Dickenson, LLC., IEC Advisors, and Yoga Power, LLC.
Jamie Dickenson is not affiliated with Hartford Funds. Hartford Funds has separately contracted with Ms. Dickenson to provide additional insight about college savings issues.