Students prepare to select courses for new school year


Kelly Kearns

The junior class works with the school counselors to register for their senior year classes in the Citgo Innovation Academy. Counselors assist students with any questions they may have and make recommendations for classes they think the students would enjoy.

Kelly Kearns and Reese Herold

Course selection is rapidly approaching for students. All freshmen, sophomores and juniors will begin picking their classes for the next school year in the coming weeks. 

Registration for the classes of 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027 occur between Jan. 19 and Feb. 6. Each grade has eight required credits and is given the opportunity to take elective courses that they are interested in. The amount of elective credits the students receive increases each year allowing them to explore their interests as they grow.

This year, there are some new elective courses in the running for students to choose. Cyber Security Essentials is the first new elective being offered. This course is open to juniors and seniors and it is a one semester class. Students will be introduced to the different features of cyber security and learn essential skills needed to follow in this career path.

Broadcast Journalism is the second elective making its debut next year. This course is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors and will also be one semester long. This class is focused on highlighting the world of broadcast and all the components it includes.

With a wide variety of courses available for students to choose from, it can become difficult to make these decisions. However, if a student is feeling overwhelmed, there are many people they can talk to.

 Students have the ability to speak with student services chair, Denise Dalton, as well as counselors Dana Browne, Stephanie Bushnell, Jeff Perich and Trisha Weber. 

“Students have a hard time balancing fun classes and classes that will prepare them for college,” Dalton said.

Faculty members like Dalton all agree that they value the students and are always willing to help. In fact, they offer a few suggestions for popular classes that students of all ages find interest in.

There are also several electives for students to choose from in the areas of art, business, culinary and computer science. 

Teachers and counselors are a great resource to get information about courses so do not hesitate to ask! If more information is needed, head to the program of studies for details about the available courses.