Except in special circumstances, students at Deering are allowed to choose which courses they want to take in order to meet credit requirements. Students need 21 units of proficiency (or 41 credits) in order to graduate with a Deering High School diploma, and the credits must be in certain areas.
Thoughtful planning will help students achieve the goals they have for high school and their future. Our course catalog provides information regarding the minimum graduation requirements as well as the wide variety of elective courses available to students. Below are several suggestions to assist students in making these important decisions:
- Challenge yourself. Use high school as an opportunity to discover how much you are capable of accomplishing.
- Consider the grades you have earned in the past. Some courses build upon the knowledge or skills you have acquired in previous work (prerequisites), while other courses build upon knowledge in related subjects. For example, Physics requires math proficiency and Chemistry requires the prerequisites of Earth Science and Biology.
- Consider the things that interest you and take courses that will help you increase your knowledge in your area of interest.
- Discuss possible courses with your parents, teachers, school counselor, advisor, and peers.
- Be certain that you select courses to meet the DHS high school graduation requirements, as well as courses that support and develop your individual interests.
- Remember, the more planning and thought you give to course selection, the more meaningful your high school experience will be.