By the time students enter high school, they have a pretty good idea about where they want to go academically. Before signing up for high school classes, students and parents should research potential college choices and learn about the minimum admittance requirements. Requirements vary and some majors require additional course work before admittance.
ACT, Inc., the administrators of one of the two major college readiness standardized tests, recommends a basic program of four years of English, three years of Science, including Biology, Physics and Chemistry, three years of math, including Algebra I and II and Geometry, and three years of social studies, with added coursework depending on the expected major. The College Board, administrator of the SAT, the other major college readiness test, suggests that students take a basic program of English every year, three years of math, three years of science, two and a half years of social studies and two years of a foreign language.
Parents and students should meet with high school guidance counselors. Counselors are experts at planning a basic college prep program for each child and augmenting it with valuable supplemental course work.