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Middle School outreach – December

Hello everyone and happy holidays!  I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving break and you’re staying strong in anticipation for holiday break.  Trust me; we all are. Anyways, I know that we all can pull through, and these breaks give us enough time to think about the future.  And by that I mean high school and asking me questions for the next issue!

Question: What classes do you have to take in high school?


There are a few classes that you are required to take each year or over your four years to ensure you graduate on time.  To make it easier for you, I’ll break it down by each year so you have an idea of how to plan your next four years.

Freshman year – During your freshman year you have to take Math 1(unless you took it in middle school, then Math 2), English 9, Intro to Physics and Intro to Chemistry, US History, and I highly recommend getting your half credit of life skills done your freshman year so you won’t have to worry about it later.

Sophomore year – Throughout your sophomore year you must take English 10, Math 2 (unless you’re one of the previously mentioned students), Civics, Biology Ecosystems, and Biology Organisms. You also will eventually have to take either Intro to Astronomy and Intro to Geology or Chemistry followed by a college level science class.  These don’t necessarily mean you have to take them your sophomore year, but at least start planning. 

Junior Year – English 11, Math 3, Speech, and one of the previously mentioned science classes.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “That sounds pretty easy,” but that’s not all.  Those are all of the specific classes you are required to take. There are still a lot of missing credits seeing as you must have 24 to graduate, and I only mentioned about 12 of them.  To give a quick explanation, you need 4 credits of English, 3 credits of math, 3 science, 3 social studies, 1.5 physical education, .5 credits of health, .5 of life skills, and 8.5 credits of general electives.  I know it sounds like a lot now, but it is very easily attainable as long as you stay on track and make sure you’re passing those classes. If you have any questions, you can always talk to your counselor once you  get to high school.

Best wishes,

Peyton Buerman