Yesterday I sat down with my soon-to-be 9th grade daughter, and laid out a tentative plan for her high school years. Just basic guidance counselor type information– How many credits will she need for graduation, what classes am I requiring, how will we do it, etc. She wasn’t thrilled, of course, but she did participate.
The local high school requires 23 credits, an exit exam, and a culminating project for all seniors. NARHS requires 17 1/2 credits. I think the NARHS requirement is rather light, although if a kid is definitely NOT college material, there is no reason to drag it out any longer than it needs to be. I want her to have a fuller education than I did, whether she is college bound or not. Two years of high school math–ending with Pre-Algebra– was NOT enough. I didn’t take Algebra until college, and it sure would have been better if I’d taken it in high school.
I am adding to the NARHS requirements and eliminating some of our state ones (the WASL exit exam and the project) to customize it for her. She struggles a lot more than most kids and really has to work HARD to get decent grades. If she makes up her mind to go to college, we’ll adjust for what she will need. She is taking a couple of classes at the high school, which I will count towards her credits for graduation. I’m requiring these courses:
- Language Arts- 4
- Math- 3 (through Saxon Algebra II)
- Social Studies- 2 (1 World History; 1 US History)
- Government- 1/2
- Foreign Language- 1 (hoping she’ll do 2!)
- Phys. Ed- 1 1/2
- Health- 1/2
- Computer Technology- 1
- Fine Art- 1
- Science- 2
- Community Service- 1
- Electives- 3 1/2
TOTAL: 21 Credits