September 25, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Counselors Begin Next Year’s Course Selections

At the beginning of February San Mateo High School counselors begin offering courses to students for next year. Seniors are lucky because they are exempt from the process. A variety of courses are offered for students at San Mateo varying from art to computer science. In addition the school offers fifteen AP (advanced placement) classes for students who excel at a specific subject or want to take a class taught at a college level.

Counselors begin the course preview process with course preview day. This is a day where students get to choose three classes from a list and visit them. Each class they visit comes with a brief presentation covering what the course covers, requirements, and any questions that are left unanswered by the end. Later on in the month counselors visit each class and host a collective presentation. This presentations covers more in depth about what the school district requires for students to graduate and how to receive the necessary credits. On the week of February 20 counselors begin the time-investing process of student’s course selections.

While selecting courses for next year, students are required to meet with their college counselor one-on-one. Ms. Booth, a college counselor, said, “Students know what they want (classes) and we give them”. On the course selection sheet students are offered to have a sixth and/or a seventh period off. Seniors must have at least five periods. Although seniors have fulfilled their math requirements by senior year Booth encourages them to take a fourth year of math.

AP classes are also offered at San Mateo for students who are good at time management and want a challenge. Booth warms students that, “senioritis is a real thing”. Therefore, students are not recommended to take more than three AP classes during their last year of high school. Booth knows that, “students have jobs, internships, and busy family lives”. AP courses also must be signed off by a counselor, the student, and a parent of guardian. This AP contract warns students that the course they choose to take is more vigorous and is taught at a college level. These advanced classes are not easy to drop out of after signing off on the contract.

If a student find themselves requesting to change classes this should be done before spring break. In addition at the beginning of next year college counselor are more than happy to adjust schedules if a legitimate reason is given.

When choosing classes for next year make sure you choose classes that will challenge you but in addition are interesting. Attempt to get your credits as soon as possible and don’t wait to get them all at the last minute. Good luck next year! booth

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