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Students work hard to plan their future classes.

Students work hard to plan their future classes.

Meghan Bradley

Meghan Bradley

Students work hard to plan their future classes.

Meghan Bradley, Staff Reporter

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With the 2016-2017 school year more than halfway complete, sophomores and juniors at MHS are focusing on planning their academic schedules for next year. CAP, or Career Action Planning, is the approach used for making student schedules. CAP involves meeting with one’s advisor to discuss current grades, grade point average, number of credits and picking a time for a CAP meeting.

The CAP book is constantly changing with the addition of new rules, classes and state requirements. A few courses now have new names. For example, Essentials to Computer Science is now Computer Science 1 and 2. It is very important that students note these changes and ask CAP advisers if they have any questions.

A major change that directs students of each grade is the requirements to be a honor graduate. Along with the previous conditions, students are required to take at least 3 AP level courses. Marion provides a large variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses, ranging from AP Calculus, AP Government and AP Music Appreciation. However, several AP courses require that a student has passed certain courses before enrolling. Be sure to check the prerequisites when choosing AP classes.

While planning out schedules, many students run into conflicts. There are numerous classes at MHS that are only offered at certain times. This can pose problems for students in band and/or athletics. For example, AP Computer Science and AP Statistics are only offered 1st and 3rd period. A student who is in band and is wanting to take both of these classes will not be able to because band is 1st period as well. This student will have to choose between two great classes. There are many other scenarios that cause this dilemma as well. Many students, especially upcoming seniors, have posed the question, “Will there be any changes made to the master schedule to accommodate for these problems?”

When asked, Mrs. Ginn responded, “The master schedule is designed around a variety of factors, it is often changed as late as August to accommodate the greatest number of student requests as possible.”

In her final remarks, Mrs. Ginn stated, “I’m often asked why we have CAP, and the answer is simple: the faculty and administration want, above all, to work with parents to help students make the very best decisions possible regarding his or her post-high school options.”

The student and parent CAP conferences will be on March 16th and 17th.

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