4 School Counselors Most middle schools have school counselors who monitor student progress, help students choose their courses, and talk to students about their career and educational options. Counselors are also available to answer ques- tions and to help students figure out how to deal with difficult situations. Find out who your child’s counselor is, and make sure your child knows how to go about making an appointment. Counselors are not only excellent resources for students, they’re also great resources for parents. If you ever have a concern or need information, contact your child’s counselor. Courses In middle school, students study a variety of subjects. In addition to the core academic subjects (English, math, science, social studies), students may take art, music, a computer course, and/or physical education. Middle school stu- dents are also sometimes able to take courses such as band, orchestra, or a foreign language. Some schools offer more than one level of a specific subject or course. For example, there may be an advanced math course for the students who excel in math. To ensure that students are making satisfactory academic progress, most middle schools have requirements that students must meet in order to advance to the next grade level. If your child is struggling academically, ask your child’s counselor if there is a program that might help your child be more successful in school. If you ever have a question or concern about your child’s academic progress, talk to your child’s counselor. Scheduling In most schools, students choose their courses for the following year in the early spring. Make sure your child signs up for all of the required courses, and help your child choose the best and most appropriate electives. Stu- dents who are in the correct classes are more successful, and they enjoy school more.