Local High Schools Gear up for Academic Advising Session

Over the years, some high school students have not been taking advantage of dual enrollment programs or advanced placement courses.

Teachers and advisers say they hope to spark more interest in these classes.

After teaching math, Sheronda Baum decided she wanted to help high school students in a different way, so she became a Guidance Counselor.

The job means helping students with course selection and personal problems but the biggest role is college preparedness.

"We want our students to sign up for the highest courses they can handle. We want to push excellence and higher level classes. We are pushing our advanced placement classes this year," says Baum.

Choosing classes is about more than what the student wants to take, which is why individual teachers are also becoming involved with the process.

"This year, teachers have made their recommendations for courses they think the student should take, and then the students were allowed to choose their electives. The counselors in turn check to make sure the student has everything he or she needs," says Baum.

And because of the opportunities available, students can even take part in Wallace Community College's dual enrollment program, meaning they get some college course work done early.

School officials are asking that parents be involved in their child's course selection process especially if they have never been before.

"A lot of times, students will not push themselves to their full potential, or if they have not been showing their full potential, their parents might know their kid can do better, but at least they will get a chance to talk with the teacher," said Alexis Smith, a Junior at Dothan High School.

Tomorrow, this academic planning session is scheduled for 4:30 pm and will run until 8 p.m.

This is for students in grades 9th to 11th, and it's taking place not only here at Dothan High but Northview as well.

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