Nervous about Forecasting?
Take a deep breath and take in the wisdom from La Salle's Counseling Team
We want to make sure that, as students choose classes, they make 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 colleges are paying attention to the level of challenge in students' schedules.
Colleges want to know that a student has challenged themself in each subject based on ability and what's offered. Of course, it's also important for students to consider what they can manage. Also, we want to help students find opportunities to take electives.
Below are answers to questions students often ask when choosing classes. Contact your counselor if you have more questions.
How many years of language should I take?
Selective colleges typically like to see at least 3 years of a language. Some require 4, others will accept 2. Most prefer continuous work in the same language (versus taking French 1, Spanish 1, German 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 La Salle's requirement?
The most selective colleges prefer 4 years of math, no matter what the student plans to study. In addition, colleges at all levels may require high-level math of students interested in areas such as engineering, science, pre-med, and even business and nursing. Most admissions committees in these areas look for a minimum of Pre-Calculus. Other disciplines may accept math through Algebra II, 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 schedule appropriate given the colleges that I am interested in?
Each student should talk with their counselor, if they haven't already. Students should also look at college admissions websites for recommendations.
Should I take Honors/AP classes and, if so, how many?
Colleges seek students who have challenged themselves. That doesn't mean students must take every Honors and AP course offered at La Salle; it does mean that choosing an Honors or AP class is a good idea if a student isn't already overloaded with work and other activities. Colleges also understand that some students take fewer courses in one area in order to take more in another subject.