Advice for scheduling classes
By Rachel Hubert
LHS has entered the fourth quarter of the school year, and that means Four-Year Planning is coming up soon. Four-Year Planning helps students get a general idea of what they need to do in order to get high school credits for graduation and even requirements to apply for college. Incoming 2011-12 freshmen, sophomores and juniors and their parents will need to attend in order to sign up for next year’s classes.
There is a difference between LHS graduation requirements and courses required for college admission consideration. The required classes for application to a four-year public university in California are called “a-g” requirements. These classes are demanded in order to qualify for admission.
Loyalton High School requires its students to have three years of history, four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of science, two years of visual or performing arts and/or Spanish, two years of physical education and a completed senior project.
The a-g requirements needed to apply to a public university in California are four years of English; two years of history/social science; at least three years of math including Algebra I and 11 and Geometry; at least two years of laboratory science from at least two science disciplines (such as Biology and Physics or Chemistry); at least two years of a foreign language; two semesters of fine art (only Studio Art, AP Studio Art or Theater Arts at LHS; and one additional year of one of the above and/or Journalism and Senior AVID.
The history courses offered at LHS and required are World History, U.S. History, Economics/Government. LHS usually offers Advanced Placement U.S. History and AP U.S. Government and Politics courses for students looking to get a head start on college credits (if not in the classroom, through an online program).
LHS also offers two other college prep math courses, Honors Trigonometry/Advanced Math Topics and AP Calculus AB.
Other science courses are Earth Science (not a lab science) and Agriculture Biology. In past years LHS has also offered AP Biology and AP Chemistry, but with cutbacks it may not be possible to get those classes into the schedule.
Playing sports for a certain number of semesters can also count toward completing P.E.
Many electives are offered at LHS, including agriculture, AVID, creative writing and journalism. The construction/woodshop program is currently in question for next year.
Four-Year Planning is scheduled for May 17 and 18 this year, starting at 3:30 p.m. each day.
Students should be thinking ahead of time about what they plan to do after graduation and are strongly advised to talk to the mentors at Four-Year Planning. If a student isn’t sure what courses will help him or her after high school, they will gain much insight at this important LHS planning session from teachers who have been through the process themselves many times.
If students or their parents are not able to attend Four-Year Planning, they will need to make an appointment with Principal Marla Stock over the summer.