At our school district, it’s encouraged that 8th graders complete a study plan while enrolling in their freshman year in high school. This maps out their course of study, and ensures they will graduate with all the credits they need for a high school diploma.
In other words, as a 14-year-old, they are asked to pick a major.
I’m exaggerating. But they are supposed to plan their classes through their senior year. I get it…some classes require prerequisites and they want kids to think ahead so they don’t get stuck without enough time to take the required classes.
Isn’t high school for taking classes in several areas? I would guess most eight graders will probably change their mind about their interests in high school.
On the other hand, the curriculum guide if full of cool classes! Fire science, medical classes, education, marketing and communications, engineering, music, art…you name it, it’s there! And many have an option of earning college credit, so there’s a plus too.
But it also is a bit disheartening…it’s hard enough being a kid without all the pressure of academics, sports and life in general.