I have kids every year say, “I can’t fit band in my schedule.” This is just not true. You do need to make some decisions, but it can be done. Here are some things to keep in mind:
- You don’t have to follow the “plan” that the counselors pass out at registration time. You can take classes any time you want as long as you have all the credits required to graduate.
- There are other ways to get credits for graduation than a class in the High School.
- You have got to have a plan before you start.
- Some classes count for credit you might not think they do. For instance Marching Band counts as the PE Elective. Also the computer programing classes count as some of the required credits as well. Ask a Counselor what a class can count as.
- Students who take band all 4 years in high school do better in every aspect of life and school. There is a ton of research that backs this statement up, go Google if you don’t believe me.
It is possible to follow the “plan” if you want to keep it simple, but you lose some choices for other electives. Here is how you can do it with Seminary and without:
PE Option is in green, because if you take Marching Band that counts as that credit and you can then make that slot Your Choice.
What if you want more choices? I have four words for you: Ashley Valley Education Center. They offer classes during the summer and as night school. They have a cost, but you can take all the required classes that way and open you schedule up. Summer school costs $50 for as many classes as you can get done in 4 weeks. Night school is $50 a class. These are all online style courses that you do at your own pace. Here is a sample of how you could take 2 band classes every day all 4 years and still graduate on time:
The yellow classes I have been told by students that they are fairly easy to take from Ashley. The Driver’s Ed course is actually taken through the NUES center. Information can be found at the HS to take this class.
So what if you are one of the crazy people that thinks you should graduate with and Associates Degree atet eh same time as High School. You need to check with USU and the HS for current info, but it is my understanding that most of the classes are offered concurrently with the HS. Some of the classes you will need to take at USU in the evenings if you want the degree no matter what. Here is the plan for that:
The blue classes give credit for both HS and USU.
In the end what you need to do is make a plan for what you want to accomplish and then stick to it. You should go into your counselor with a plan in mind and then ask them to help you make it work. They will move things around to keep you in band if you ask them. Just make sure they know what you want so they can do their job in helping you achieve it. If you just try to wing it you will not be able to stay in band the whole time, plan now to stay in.