Scheduling season is upon us! Every year at CHS we not only pick courses for the upcoming school year, but also create Personal Learning Plans when scheduling each student. The purpose of a Personal Learning Plan is to make high school as meaningful as possible for the student, and also to help map out the necessary coursework. Sophomore year lends to many pathways and options when selecting courses, and as parents I want to make sure you and your student understand the various options.
We have four options for earning college math credit while attending Chadron High School: AP Statistics, Precalculus (College Algebra), AP Calculus and Technical Math.
Technical Math: College level math course for students interested in a two year community college and/or technical school. Prerequisite: Algebra II. 3 college credits through WNCC. Will transfer to community college or tech school ONLY, not transferable to a four year college or university.
Precalculus (College Algebra): College level math course for seniors offered in the Fall for students heading to a four year college. 4 College Algebra credits through Chadron State College, transfers extremely well across 4 year schools. Prerequisite: Trigonometry
AP Calculus: Offered in the Spring also for seniors. Prerequisite: Trigonometry & Precalculus
5 college credits through Chadron State College, transfer extremely well across 4 year schools.
If your child has not taken Geometry and wants to take college math credits while in high school, sophomore year is the optimum time to double up in math. Recommendation are submitted by the Algebra I teacher for students who are identified with strong math skills and who may benefit from this scheduling choice. It is not our intention in making recommendations to put pressure on students to double in math if your student does not prefer that option. However, if your student chooses to double up in math their sophomore year, it will be with the understanding that they will take a math class their junior year.
Students who are not interested in taking a four year college math credit (College Algebra, AP Statistics or Calculus) should NOT double up in math their sophomore year and plan on taking Algebra II their junior year.
It is in BOTH the school and the student’s best interests to take a math course during the junior year. The junior year is that which students will take the state mandated ACT exam, which will also be used for college entrance and scholarship selection. Taking a math class the year of this exam (junior year) is one of the single most important scheduling decisions students can make to better their score.
Science course selection is very similar to math selection above. Students who are interested in pursuing careers in engineering, health professions, and other science heavy fields are encouraged to take as many pre-requisite courses as possible. Even though CHS does not offer dual college credit in the hard sciences, statistically students who see courses like chemistry, anatomy and physics have higher success rates in college in the fields in which these courses are required. For example, a student looking to pursue a degree in physical therapy would highly benefit from seeing chemistry, advanced biology, and anatomy in high school as many of these courses are required for their future college degree. Additionally we offer three dual credit courses in the health profession area that may be beneficial:
Basic Nursing - 4 WNCC Credits and CNA certification
Medical Terminology - 2 WNCC Credits
Medical Aid - 4 WNCC Credits and Medical Aid Certification
It can be hard to fit all of these courses into a four year plan, and not always possible. Science and math are just one example with multiple pathways, please think about your Personal Learning Plan in not only what courses you would like this year, but what courses you may benefit from and can fit into your schedule in the next three years.
Career and Technical Education
CHS has a LARGE variety of career related courses, I highly encourage sophomores to take a chance on a class that may help lead to a career choice. We have career academy classes in business, engineering, agriculture, and health professions. We strongly advise students who are interested in learning more about career options to consider spending a day job shadowing a local or regional professional. Chadron High School will formally excuse any days that students wish to spend job shadowing and/or on college visits with parent permission and advance notice. Please contact Mrs. Watson or Mrs. Berry with at least one week’s notice if possible on any of these excused days.
Please do not hesitate to call or email if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to go over your students schedule and/or personal learning plan.
Chadron High School Counselor