Q: My son is entering high school this year. It’s going to be different for my wife and I because we understand that credits now come into the picture in order to graduate. What advice do you have for us to keep up with this for the next four years?
— Matt and Linda, Moore
A: We feel you should attend any available orientations or meetings for parents. Your son will be given a student handbook, and information regarding required courses and credits needed for graduation will be included.
Make sure you read the handbook and understand what is in it. Making a check sheet that you keep on a bulletin board at home will help you monitor your son’s progress. Your son’s counselor will make sure he is on track for graduation, but if you qualify for Oklahoma’s Promise, for example, please check to make sure he is taking the needed classes and maintaining the GPA for this scholarship. This is the responsibility of the parents and students.
As you are probably aware, your son was given opportunities to experience a lot of elective classes that interested him prior to entering high school. Now that credits are being given for these electives, please stress to him that these courses are not “blow offs.” They serve specific purposes, and many students end up pursuing careers in fields related to these elective courses.
Also, additional science and math classes can be used for elective credits. A lot of students will want to go this route if they are interested in medicine or engineering, for example. Don’t hesitate to contact the school — or us — if you still have questions.
Please send questions to questions.classact@gmail.
com. Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with more than 50 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.