Q. Should I take Honors, AP, CIS, CTE or IB courses?
A.Yes, these courses offer rigorous curriculum and can help prepare you for college and career. The courses were designed for students who have an aptitude or interest in a particular area and are ready for challenging academics and advanced learning. You need to manage your time well, complete all assignments on time and have good study habits. Talk to your counselor or to the curriculum program coordinator about choosing these classes.
Q. How many Honors, AP, CIS, CTE or IB courses should I take?
A. There is no one answer for all students. Some students are interested in certain subject areas, but not others. Some students may want to choose one of these classes to make sure they are comfortable with the class requirements, pace and amount of work before choosing more. Just remember that you are making a commitment to the class once you start and that it may not be possible to change your schedule once the term begins.
Q. How do I choose elective classes?
A. Make sure you understand what the course is about by reading the course description and talking to the teacher or your counselor. Choose a class about a subject which you are interested or a class that will help you reach your college or career goals. Remember, some colleges have class requirements that are elective classes for high school students, such as an additional math or science class or a world language. Talk to your parents, guardians or counselor. Do not choose classes just because your friends are taking them, everyone has their own interests and you may not have the class at the same time as your friend.
Q. How many electives do I get?
A. The number of electives in your schedule depends on your educational needs and goals. Once you are scheduled in your required classes (English, social studies, math, science, art, health and physical education), your counselor will work with your teachers to see if there are other classes that you need to take to help you meet graduation requirements, like support classes in certain subject areas. Once this is done, they will work to add elective courses according to the classes you requested. If you wish to take a world language, band, choir or orchestra, make sure to talk to your counselor regarding your schedule. You may need to look at taking health or physical education through the MPS Online program (see page 24 for more information).
Q. How do I make up credit if I fail a course?
A. We want you to try your best not to fail a course. You can avoid failing a class by making sure you have good attendance and turn all of your assignments in on time. Check in with the teacher or go on the parent portal to make sure you are not missing any assignments. If you are struggling in a class, the teachers, counselors and staff at your school are there to help you succeed. Make sure to ask for help.
If you do find that you still need to make up credits, there are some options. Students can recover credits through the MPS Alternative Learning Center (ALC) program. This includes after school classes, MPS Online and summer school. Make sure you work on making up credits as soon as you fail the class – if you wait until the last minute, you may find that you will not be able to graduate with your class. Talk to your counselor or an administrator in your school about registering for an ALC program.