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Planning Your High School Education Keith Skinner Director of Counseling University High School When Planning Courses, Ask Yourself… Do the courses meet graduation requirements? Do the courses meet my needs for anticipated college or career choices?

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planning your high school education

Planning Your High School Education

Keith Skinner

Director of Counseling

University High School

when planning courses ask yourself
When Planning Courses, Ask Yourself…
  • Do the courses meet graduation requirements?
  • Do the courses meet my needs for anticipated college or career choices?
  • Do the courses match my ability and expand or develop college or career choices?

Planning A High School Education

what education will do for you
What Education Will Do For You

Planning A High School Education

basics to remember about class scheduling
Basics to Remember about Class Scheduling
  • Know the graduation requirements and specifically required courses
    • 4 credits in English
      • Freshman English
      • Sophomore Writing & Oral Communication
      • At least one survey course is highly recommended
    • 3 credits in Mathematics (4 recommended)
    • 2 credits in Science (3 recommended)
    • 2 credits in Social Science (3 recommended)
      • United States Studies and Constitution tests

Planning A High School Education

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Basics to Remember about Class Scheduling
  • 2 credits in Foreign Language or Fine Arts
    • Same foreign language or
    • Fine Arts: Art, Music, Industrial Technology
  • 4 credits in Physical Education
    • Freshman Wellness (Health)
    • Waiver applies only to juniors and seniors
      • Interscholastic athletics, marching band
      • Very limited independent studies available to students with advanced course overload

Planning A High School Education

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Basics to Remember about Class Scheduling
  • ½ credit in Consumer Education
    • Senior year preferred
    • Proficiency Test offered each fall available to any student not currently enrolled in course
  • 4½ credits in Electives
    • Electives are any course that doesn’t fit in any other category (e.g. a 4th math credit, a business course)
    • Use electives to explore potential areas of interest

Planning A High School Education

isu course options
ISU Course Options
  • Dual Enrollment
    • High School and College credit
      • Pay ISU tuition, but not fees
    • Juniors and seniors preferred
    • Application required
      • Fall deadline: February 1
      • Spring deadline: September 1
    • Registration in April

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isu course options8
ISU Course Options
  • High School Credit courses
    • ISU course, high school credit only
    • No tuition
    • Requires U-High faculty recommendation
    • ISU instructor must accept student into their class
      • Fall deadline: 3rd day of semester
      • Spring deadline: December 15

Planning A High School Education

heartland community college courses
Heartland Community College Courses
  • Dual credit
  • Tuition and fees paid to Heartland
  • Application required
  • Approval required

Planning A High School Education

area vocational center
Area Vocational Center
  • Multiple class period, hands on
    • Section 1, 7:30-9:14
    • Section 2, 9:50-11:28
    • Section 3, 12:31-2:15
      • Not all courses meet each section
  • Application required
  • Most classes have college credit or certification available

Planning A High School Education

illinois virtual high school courses
Illinois Virtual High School Courses
  • Counselor approval required for courses not offered at U-High
  • Department chair approval required for courses offered at U-High
  • $125.00 tuition fee per semester
  • Must complete request form AND register on-line at www.ivhs.org
  • Requires good personal discipline
  • Grade of C or better strongly recommended prior to approval of continued IVHS courses

Planning A High School Education

independent study
Independent Study
  • Designed for students desiring to study a course not offered at U-High
  • Students must find a faculty sponsor
  • Must dedicate a minimum of five hours per week
  • Requires administrative approval

Planning A High School Education

overview of scheduling process
Overview of Scheduling Process
  • January 18: Material Distribution in Class Meetings
  • Read and discuss the course handbook as a family
  • Review progress reports, report cards, transcript
  • Discuss the appropriate course selection with teachers and counselor
  • Plan carefully
  • Make course selections
    • Obtain teacher approval signatures for any course with a prerequisit
  • January 26: Course selection deadline

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Overview of Scheduling Process
  • February and March
    • Administrative decisions
    • Master Schedule construction
  • April
    • Student schedule creation by class
    • By appointment, individual meeting
  • Since you create your own schedule, it is expected that changes should be rare

Planning A High School Education

questions
Questions
  • If you have questions after this meeting, feel free to contact me
  • Office: 309-438-5691
  • Email: skinner@ilstu.edu
  • If you wish to meet in person, appointments are appreciated

Planning A High School Education