Preparing Middle School Students for College

Courses to Take in Middle School

If you are a middle school student, then this is the right time for you and your family to begin thinking about college. You should begin planning to reach this goal by choosing the classes that will lead to college preparatory courses in high school. Now is also the time to be getting information on paying for college and to start saving for college, if you and your family are not already doing so.

It is important that you take courses that challenge your abilities. For example, studies have shown that students who take algebra in the eighth grade and geometry in the ninth grade are more likely to attend college than students who do not. By taking these courses now, you will be able to take challenging and interesting science and mathematics electives in high school.

The following academic subjects make up the important courses that you should take in middle school. Examples of specific classes are listed next to the name of the subject; the names used at your school may differ.

Adapted from the article “Thinking Ahead about College.”  © 2006  Reprinted with permission.  Visit to read the full text.