Most students will follow a course of study throughout high school that is outlined and organized by the high school or the area’s school board. Many students will be able to select courses, though, that fit his or her goals. If the student is unsure what he or she wants to do outside of high school, such as in college or in the work force, it is often best to tailor a course of study to fit a wide variety of goals and opportunities.
For the student who is unsure or unable to make a decision about what to do after school, consider a college preparatory program. This type of program simply prepares the student to enroll in a program that meets the needs of most colleges across the board, rather than in a specific field.
Another consideration may be in choosing a program fit that follows the strong suits of the student. A high school student that is passionate about literature may want to take more courses in this area. Not only will this keep the student focused and motivated, but it will also boost the child’s GPA if he or she continues to excel in those areas.
For some students, the course of study should be on vocational options perhaps taught within the vocational schools linked to the program. In other cases, it is best to encourage the non-decider to enroll in college level courses. The key is to give some of the decision to the student so that he or she can make a decision that is better suited towards their likes.
A course of study can be hard to pick and it can seem limiting to some students. The right courses do matter, though. Work with your student to find the right path to take to improve his or her ability to pursue whatever it is they would like to later.