28 The following information will help you guide and advise your college bound student. To ensure that your child will be prepared for college, make sure that he/she takes the recommended courses, signs up for the right tests, and completes the necessary forms. Most importantly, encourage your child to do as well as possible in high school. College recommended courses Four-year colleges generally recommend that students take these college preparatory courses in high school. College Information u 4 years of English u 3 - 4 years of math (Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II) u 3 years of science (with laboratory experience) u 2 - 3 years of the same foreign language u 3 years of social studies u 1 year of fine or performing arts College bound students should complete all of the above recommended courses, if possible. Students who haven’t taken all of these courses may be required to take remedial and/or additional courses once they are in college. Students who haven’t taken several of the above courses may want to con- sider starting at a community college or at a college’s branch campus. These students can then transfer to a four-year college (or to the main campus) after a year or two. Competitive schools and programs consider the above to be the minimum requirements. They recommend that students challenge themselves by taking advanced, honors, AP (Advanced Placement), and IB (International Baccalaureate) courses whenever possible. As a general rule, students should take as many college prep English, science, math, social studies, and foreign language courses as they can handle.