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Recommended High School Curriculum

We suggest the following list of courses as a minimum to be a strong candidate for competitive colleges and scholarships. Click here for a short tips page on high school course selection. Below the recommended curriculum is a list of suggested elective courses. Extra curricular activities are also important to report on college and scholarship applications. Below is a list of ABSS school clubs to consider. Finally, there is a link for FAQs about college and college application fee waivers. To download a form where you can keep track of what classes you're taking, click here.

Freshman Year

English I Honors   Physical Education                                
Math (honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective
Science (honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective
History (honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective

* We recommend that students avoid AP courses until junior year.

Sophomore Year

English II Honors   World Language
Math (honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective
Science  (honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective
History (honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective

* We recommend that students avoid AP courses until junior year.

Junior Year 

English III Honors   World Language
Science (AP or honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective or a course at Alamance Community College
Math (AP or honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective or a course at Alamance Community College
History (AP or honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective or a course at Alamance Community College
 

Senior Year *We recommend that students avoid early release, late-in, or graduating early

AP English IV   World Languages
Science (AP or honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective or a course at Alamance Community College or Collegiate Start @Elon
Math (AP or honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective or a course at Alamance Community College or Collegiate Start @Elon
History (AP or honors level)   Arts/World Language/Academic oriented/Career-related elective or a course at Alamance Community College or Collegiate Start @Elon

* We recommend that students avoid early release, late-in, or graduating early.


Recommended Electives

There are many different electives, these are the ones we recommend for a college bound student. 

  • AP level electives
  • Advanced Digital Media Honors
  • Anatomy
  • Art
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Chorus
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing Honors
  • Computer Programming I Honors
  • Computer Programming II Honors
  • Computer Science Principles Honors
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Digital Media Honors
  • Drafting
  • Engineering Design and Development Honors
  • Game Art Design Honors
  • Geography
  • Introduction to Engineering Design Honors
  • Medical Careers
  • Photography
  • Political Science
  • Principles of Engineering Honors
  • Psychology
  • Scientific Visualization Honors
  • Sociology
  • World Languages
  • Theatre

 

 

 


High School Clubs

Student involvement in high school clubs allows students to develop valuable skills, helps students to stand apart in a "sea" of college/scholarship application, and allows college admissions offices/scholarship committees to see student interests that go "beyond the grades". Here is a list of high school clubs that may be offered at local Alamance County Schools. It is also possible for a student to start up a club if none of the clubs currently offered are of interest. For more information about clubs at your high school, see your school counselor. 

FAQs About College

College Application Fee Waiver FAQs


Standardized Tests

The SAT and the ACT are two standardized tests required by many colleges and universities as part of the admission process. These test scores are just one part of what most schools consider when evaluating an applicant. High school transcripts (both the courses taken and GPA), extracurricular activities (including work, volunteer activities, sports, and school club participation), and teacher or administrator recommendations are also reviewed for admission decisions. The Elon Academy recommends that our scholars take both the SAT and ACT during their junior year of high school. In order to be well prepared for the exams, advance planning and consistent test prep is recommended. The following test prep guides provide additional information on the SAT and ACT, including test dates, sample questions, and what content to expect on each exam.