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Grade Level and Typical Course Load Requirements
Freshman Year Sophomore Year Junior Year Senior Year

1. Intro to Christology or Intro to Scripture & Sacraments

1. Christology & Paschal Mystery 1. Catholic Moral Thinking & Ecclesiology 1. World Religions & Christian Lifestyle or Lasaillian Ministries
2. English 1 2. English 2 2. English 3 2. English 4
3. World History 1 & Elective 3. World History 2 & Elective 3. U.S. History 3. Economics & U.S. Government
4. World Language or Elective 4. World Language 4. Elective 4. Elective (i.e. Math)
5. Mathematics 5. Mathematics 5. Mathematics 5. Elective (i.e. Science)
6. Physics 6. Biology 6. Chemistry 6. Elective (i.e. Language)
7. PE / Health 1 7. Health 2 / PE 7. Elective
(Fine Arts/Speech COM)
7. Elective
(Do you have your Fine Arts, COM, PE credits done?)

Forecasting Advice from Counselors

We want to make sure that as students choose classes that they are making wise choices in relation to the colleges they may be considering. Although we are cautious about giving one-size-fits-all advice, it is important to note that as colleges have become more and more selective that they are paying close attention to the level of challenge within the student's schedule.

Colleges want to know that a student has challenged themselves appropriately in each subject based on their ability and what is offered at their school. Of course it is also important for the student to take into consideration what they can reasonably manage in their schedule. Also, we want to help students find opportunities to take the electives available at La Salle.

Assuming that the student has met their La Salle requirements, the questions listed below often come up in relation to college. We offer guidance and counsel to the best of abilities. Choosing classes are important decisions and involve careful deliberation. We hope and want students to weigh their options carefully and in an informed manner. If you have any questions please contact us.

How many years of language should I take?

Selective colleges would typically like to see at least 3 years of a language. Some require 4, others will accept 2 years. Most prefer to see continuous work in the same language (versus taking French 1, Spanish 1, German 1 or Chinese 1).

There will be students at La Salle for whom this does not apply, either due to their goals for college or their academic needs, but we want to make sure that the students are aware of the pros and cons as they make these choices.

Should I continue with math after I have met the La Salle requirement?

The most selective colleges prefer to see 4 years of math, no matter what the student plans to study. In addition, colleges at all levels of selectivity may require high level math of students interested in areas like engineering, science, pre-med and even business and nursing. Most admissions committees in these areas look for Pre-Calculus, at a minimum. Other disciplines may accept math through Algebra II or Probability & Stats, but it's best to make sure. This recommendation is flexible based on college goals or academic situation, and a broader conversation could be appropriate.

For Example; The University of Washington requires a math or quantitative science class in the applicant's senior year. Quoting from their website: 'The goal of this requirement is to have students take a meaningful math or quantitative course during the senior year, so that their skills don't atrophy.

More important, math opens doors: students who continue to study math throughout high school will find they have the widest choices when it comes to majors when they enter the UW.'
Is my Senior schedule appropriate given the colleges that I am interested in?

The student should talk with their counselor, if they haven't already. They can also look at their colleges' admissions websites for specific recommendations.

Should I take Honors/AP classes and if so, how many?

Colleges look for students who have appropriately challenged themselves. This means that they've taken advantage of Honors and AP courses in the areas where they are appropriate for that student.

That doesn't mean they must take every Honors and AP course offered at La Salle, but it means that if student and teachers feel like it's an appropriate challenge within a balanced schedule (i.e. they are not overloaded with work and other activities), then choosing Honors or AP classes is a good idea.

Colleges also understand that some students have taken fewer courses in one area in order to take more in another subject.

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AP US History vs. US History

Attention sophomores who are interesting in taking AP US History next year:

In order for your placement to become official you must print off and sign the form (click below to download) comparing the expectations/requirements for AP US History compared to regular US History.


Please have one of your parents sign it as well and return it to Mr. Hegarty in room 141 by Wednesday, March 22nd. If you have any questions please e-mail or call Mr. Hegarty. Thanks.

Hugh Hegarty
Social Studies Teacher
La Salle Catholic College Preparatory

(503) 496-1748

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