2017 Feb 08: RHS Planning for the 2017-18 School year

The Spring Semester is an extremely busy time at Rockdale High School. Amazingly, with the month of February already upon us, RHS is in the process of planning for the 2017-18 school year. This week Ms. Tiffany Commerford, RHS Principal, has some very important scheduling information and tips for students and parents.

         In February Rockdale High School will begin scheduling classes for 2017-2018. We will meet with 8th graders February 15th at RJHS and have a parent information night February 16th at RHS to start helping students plan for high school. Current RHS students will begin scheduling classes February 28th.

         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.

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 one aspect 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 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.


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, 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 OR difficult academic subject? You should also bear in mind that many colleges do have minimum course requirements for entering students. It is best to research each school individually.

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

  • Am I taking a well-balanced academic schedule 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?


            The high school administration and staff are always available to assist students and parents in planning their schedules for the up- coming school year. If you have questions or need more information, please contact the high school office @ (512)430-6140.