2018 Feb 7: RHS Scheduling for 2018-2019

Preparing for the future can be a daunting task for teenagers and even adults. Rockdale ISD is very proud to have Rockdale High School Administration and Counselors who try to help students as much as they possibly can in making the right decisions regarding their future by scheduling meaningful career based classes. Ms. Tiffany Commerford, RHS Principal, has some guidelines for students and parents to remember when our scheduling for the 2018-19 school year begins this month.

            In February Rockdale High School will begin scheduling classes for 2018-2019.  Eighth graders will visit RHS Career & Technology Classes Friday, February 9; we will meet with eighth graders Wednesday, February 14 at RJHS, and have a parent information night Thursday, February 15 at 6:00pm to start helping students plan for high school.  Current RHS students will schedule classes Tuesday, February 20. 

            One of the great things about high school is the variety of classes you get to choose from many students and parents want to know what courses to take to improve their chances for admission to college. With the caveat that every situation and students is different, here is some advice to help guide you as you make these decisions.  Take a look at the 2018-19 Rockdale High School Course Guide on our webpage to see all of the great classes that we have to offer.

A Well-Rounded Approach

            The high school transcript is almost always the most important document in a student’s application. But it is hard to think of a situation in which the appearance (or absence) of any one class on a transcript would determine admission. Admission committees do not make decisions based on a piecemeal review of an applicant’s recommendations.  They look at test scores, activities, and volunteer hours and considers each application as a comprehensive picture of the student.  When the admissions committee looks at your transcript, it will not focus on whether you have taken a specific course. It will be far more interested to see that you have challenged yourself with difficult coursework, and have done well.

 

Trends

            Trends are important. Remember, admissions committees are primarily concerned with what kind of student you will be for them. So it is very important that they see a high level (or an improving degree) of rigor and success throughout your high school years. This includes your senior year. If you wish to make your application among the most competitive, you must take a challenging senior program and continue to excel in it. Senior year is not the time to take a light course load. Do not catch “senioritis!” The admissions committee will check an applicant’s senior year program and performance before offering admission.  Remember that they are looking for students who will make the most of their talents. Knowing how you have engaged in high school gives them an idea of how you might engage at college.

Balance

            Colleges look for students who have taken a balanced set of the rigorous classes available to them. Generally speaking, you should try to take courses each year in English, science, math, the social studies, and foreign language.  Be honest with yourself when you are deciding between different courses. Are you choosing a particular course because you are truly excited about it and the challenge it presents, or are you also motivated by a desire to avoid a different academic subject?  You should also bear in mind that many other selective colleges do have minimum course requirements for entering students. It is best to research each school individually.

            When weighing your course selection for the upcoming year, here are a few things to consider:

  • Am I taking a well-balanced academic program that will provide me with a good foundation for college?
  • Am I prepared to take college-level math, writing, and science courses?
  • Do I feel challenged by the courses that I am taking?
  • Are my courses among the more rigorous ones available to me at my school?
  • Am I seeking challenge or avoiding it?
  • Am I choosing classes because my friends are taking them or because I am interested in them?