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Ellie Swigle, Journalist

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As the 2018/19 school year draws to a close, it is time to think about the classes we will be taking next year. South provides a variety of options for every year of student. Freshmen and Sophomores are limited in the number of AP classes that they take, however there are many honors options.

You may be able to talk to counselors to see if you are eligible to take a higher level course if you desire. Counselors at South are usually very accommodating and will help you choose classes that will be challenging and interesting. They will also help you change your schedule once it’s created if there are any issues.

I have been at South two years and taken some of these classes. I can’t speak for all of them but I do feel that no matter what class you take, the teacher will be there to help and guide you through the course. The two classes I recommend most are  English 1 Honors and AP Human Geography.

My Freshman year I took English 1 Honors with Mr. Craig. He is one of my favorite teachers that I have ever had. He helps students learn in a way that they can understand but he does not put up with any messing around. I would highly recommend the class. It is a great base to start your English learning on.

I also took AP Human Geography with Miss. Stone. She has retired but South still offers the class. I thought that it was easier than most of my other classes even though it was an AP class. I didn’t find the subject all that interesting however I do think that if you are planning to be on an AP or honors track in high school this is a good AP course to begin with.  

My sophomore year my classes all got really hard and I was definitely struggling with my workload. I do feel that I have learned a lot but it has also caused me a lot of stress. The top two classes that I would recommend would be English 2 honors and AP US History.

English 2 honors was a really fun and interesting class. My teacher was Miss. Blake and she is really great at helping students understand and helping them in any way she can. We read 4 books over the course of the year plus a few writing assignments. I learned some key English skills that I will use next year in AP Language.

AP US History is a very interesting class. Many students may be worried about taking AP US because it is generally one of the hardest AP classes

Honors classes tend to be a bit harder than the regular classes. Although they cover the same topics honors classes usually go more in depth and move at a faster pace. AP classes will have a much heavier workload and about three to four hours of homework a week.

Here are the core-course options for the 2019/20 schedule.

Core classes next year:

English (Required 4 years)

Freshmen:

-English 1

-English 1 Honors

-English language acquisition (ELA)

-ELD Seminar

Sophomores:

-ELD Seminar

-English 11

-English 11 Honors

Juniors:

-English 111

-English 111 Honors

-AP Literature

-AP Language

-Hispanic American Literature

-Woman’s Literature

-Queer Literature

(A variety of concurrent enrollment classes are also available)

 

Seniors:

-English 1v

-English 1v Honors

-AP Literature

-AP Language

-Hispanic American Literature

-Woman’s Literature

-Queer Literature

(A variety of concurrent enrollment classes are also available)

 

Social Studies:(Required 3 years)

Freshmen:

-AP Human Geography

-Geography

-Geography Honors

Sophomores:

-AP US History

-US History

Juniors:

-AP US History

-US History

-AP Psychology

-AP Government and Politics

-Civics

-Ethnic Studies (1 semester)

-Social Issues (1 semester)

-Holocaust and Human Behavior (1 semester)

(A variety of concurrent enrollment classes are also available)

Seniors:

-AP US History

-US History

-AP Psychology

-AP Government and Politics

-Civics

-Ethnic Studies (1 semester)

-Social Issues (1 semester)

-Holocaust and Human Behavior (1 semester)

(A variety of concurrent enrollment classes are also available)

 

Sciences:(Required 3 years)

Freshmen:

-Biology

-Biology Honors

-Earth Science

Sophomores:

-Chemistry

-Chemistry Honors

-Biology

-Biology Honors

-Physics

Juniors:

-Physics

-AP Environmental Science

-AP Physics

-AP Chemistry

-Chemistry

-Chemistry Honors

(A variety of concurrent enrollment classes are also available)

Seniors:

-Physics

-AP Environmental Science

-AP Physics

-AP Chemistry

-Chemistry

-Chemistry Honors

-Zoology

(A variety of concurrent enrollment classes are also available)

 

Math:(Required 4 years)

Freshman:

-Math 1

-Math 1 Honors

-Math 11

-Math 11 Honors

 

Sophomores:

-Math 11

-Math 11 Honors

-Math 111

-Math 111 Honors

 

Juniors:

-Math 111

-Math 111 Honors

– Pre-Calc

-Pre-Calc Honors

– AP Calculus

– Calculous

-AP Statistics

(A variety of concurrent enrollment classes are also available)

 

Seniors:

– Pre-Calc

-Pre-Calc Honors

– AP Calculus

– Calculous

-AP Statistics

(A variety of concurrent enrollment classes are also available)

 

Languages:

-Arabic

-French

-Mandarin Chinese

-Spanish

 

You may take any level that you feel confident in. (1-4/5- AP)

 

 

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