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Guidance
The course selection process for next year has begun.  Assemblies for students in Classes IV-II are being held during W blocks and copies of the presentation slides can be found here:
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All course selections for Classes II, III and IV will be made through our google forms found on SIS.  Instructions for accessing the course selection forms and completing this process can be found below.  

Careful course selection is critical for a successful high school experience as well as a thoughtful and effective approach to the college application and admission process. Admission counselors will consider the courses students have selected, as well as their grades, as they review a candidate’s academic record.  If students have the appropriate academic background and strong ability in a subject, they should consider taking an Advanced Placement or an advanced math course.  Remember that maintaining a balance is key.  Students should not risk jeopardizing their achievement in other classes by overloading their schedule with too many advanced level courses.

Students must carefully consider all options in making their course selections this year. Once their choices have been made, it is unlikely that they will be able to make the changes they desire.

Co-curricular activities are a vital element of each student’s experience at BLS as well. Students should try something new, whether in the arts, athletics, student government, or a club.  Just as community life is a vital part of every student’s BLS experience, colleges value students who demonstrate extracurricular commitment and concern for others.  Students should take advantage of opportunities for leadership in organizations or within the community that are available at BLS.

Students will learn a great deal about themselves during their years at BLS. It is certainly appropriate to consider college admission as they plan their schedule, but not at the expense of their interests and their health.  We would like students to enjoy the richness of what they are learning today and challenge themselves to perform at their best in each of their courses. The college process will be greatly enhanced if students know themselves, their strengths, and their interests. Students should explore and learn as much as they can while challenging themselves with the most appropriate and rigorous courses that are reasonable in light of their abilities.  Students should consult with their teachers and their counselor as they consider their course selections.



2019-2020 Course Selection Instructions

1. Reflect: What do you know about yourself?
  • Consider any academic or career interests you may have.
  • Think about areas where you feel as though you could challenge yourself.
  • Consider your time management skills and how you will be able to handle more hours dedicated to homework.  
2. Learn about course offerings.
  • Be aware of the graduation requirements.
  • Each department will hold information sessions during the week of February 11-15. Teachers and Program Directors are available to answer questions.
  • A new and improved complete course catalog can be found below.
3. Submit course selection sheet by March 14.


 

Foundations

Options for Advanced Work

Math

Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus

Advanced Algebra 2, Advanced Geometry, Advanced Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science Java, AP Computer Science Principles, Senior Math Seminar

English

English 9, 10, 11, 12

AP Language & Composition (Class II only), AP Literature & Composition (Class I only)

History

US History 1 & 2, World History 1 & 2

AP World History (Class III only), AP US History, AP American Government, AP Modern European History, AP Economics (Class I only), AP Comparative Government

Science

Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Physics 1

Biology 2, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics: Mechanics, AP Physics: Electricity & Magnetism, AP Environmental Science

Modern Foreign Languages

Chinese 1, 2, 3, 4; French 1, 2, 3, 4; German 1, 2, 3, 4; Italian 1, 2, 3, 4;  Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4

AP Chinese, AP French, AP German, AP Italian, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature

Classics

Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3, Latin 4

Latin Prose, Latin 5 Poetry, AP Latin, Myth Tradition, Greek 1