29 College Information As a general rule, high school students should take as many college prepara- tory math, science, English, social studies, and foreign language courses as they can handle. Make certain your child begins high school taking courses that will put him/her on the path to college. If you have any questions regarding the courses your child should take, talk to your child’s counselor. If you want your child to consider going to college after high school, now is the time to start planning. Preparing for college Help your middle school student develop good study skills and encour- age him/her to do as well as possible in school. To give your child an idea of what college is like, take a walk on a college campus or go to a college sporting event. In high school, make sure your child takes the recommended college prep courses, signs up for the right tests, and completes the necessary forms. College recommended courses Four-year colleges generally recommend that students take the following college preparatory courses in high school. 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