Planning Your High School Program

  • Planning a four–year high school program is a serious undertaking. Although many of your courses will be determined by the endorsement plan you select, you will still have many other choices to make during your years of school. The courses you select should be guided largely by your plans for the future. Will you continue your education in college or in a trade/vocational school? Do you want to learn a career skill in order to enter the full–time work force immediately after school? Are you interested in a technical field? Are you thinking of entering a profession that requires many years of specialized education? The answers to these questions are extremely important in making a decision about your course selections for all four years in high school. Your answers should be guided by your interests and abilities.

    Some students are sure of their future plans from the day they enter high school; others are not. It is also common for young people to change their minds about which career to choose. For this reason, it is important for you to plan as challenging a program as you can; if your career plans should change, then it will not be as difficult to move into another program. While it may sometimes seem tempting to schedule a less demanding combination of courses, choosing courses that meet your needs or interests is the best way to prepare for your future.

    Princeton ISD offers you many ways to prepare for a productive adult life. The district’s high school provides a wide range of programs that prepare students for post–high school experiences: college, vocational/career/technical school, military service, fine arts participation, full–time employment, and other areas. The programs offered allow a student to choose the high school program best for him/her, whether that program is the traditional college preparatory or career preparatory program. Outlined below are the different career paths for each of the state’s possible graduation programs. Specific information about the content area course requirements for these programs is outlined. When reviewing specific course requirements, it is important to note in which year you entered grade nine. This is your Cohort Year. You will also find descriptions of all courses offered, with information about prerequisites and grade level planning. We strongly urge you to give the attention to planning for high school that its importance deserves. By planning wisely, you can create the future that is most appropriate for you.

    Academic Integrity for all PHS students in all course studies is required. All work and grades should result from the personal effort of each individual student regardless of the setting. Such honesty forms the foundation of a successful life and is taken very seriously. Failure in adherence to this standard will result in disciplinary action.

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