The new scheduling system for the 2014-2015 school year consists of teachers recommending classes they would like to see their students enrolled in for the upcoming school year. Is the hassle of entering in those recommendations worth it?
“Yeah, I definitely think [the recommendations] are worthwhile. I think I have kids in my regular classes who should have probably been in AP. I hope that teachers can see that in their classes and then recommend them for that higher level. Maybe if [the students] see that when they’re registering, [they will think,] ‘Oh, maybe I should take that higher level class and challenge myself,’” Mrs. Claire Kuhlenschmidt, Social Studies, said.
Some students already have their schedule planned out for the future school years. This can make the recommendations ineffective because students who have their schedules set in place might ignore the recommendations given by their core teacher. The option of requesting their desired courses is the most practical method of scheduling for these students.
“I did not take the recommendations to heart because I ultimately know what is best for me and what I want to do with my life. Also, I already had my schedule planned out,” Julia Gruver (10) said.
However, some students looked at the recommendations and saw guidance in them. For those who had not decided on what classes they are taking next year, the recommendations were of value, as students took insight from them.
“When I scheduled this year, I found that my counselor had high expectations for my academic path next year. After much thought, I decided that I would take the counselor’s exact recommendations and even take a few classes over the summer just to push myself the extra mile,” Morgan Conner (10) said.