Erie High Course Descriptions

Registration Advice

From Mr. Buchler

Dear Erie Tiger Families:

Choosing classes is one of the most important decisions students make during their high school career. Research (and common sense) has shown that students who take academically rigorous courses in high school are the most successful after graduation. Over the past few years, we have added several new classes to the core curriculum and electives as well as in our Academy of Engineering and Aerospace, Advanced Placement Capstone program, and the Erie Tiger Network. EHS students may also take classes at St. Vrain’s Innovation Center and the Career Development Center.

My hope is parents and students will approach course registration as a team and spend sufficient time reviewing this course description book and choosing classes. Our primary goal as a school is to build a master schedule that maximizes the number of student course requests met. This is a complex process. Once the master schedule is completed (spring), schedule changes will be made only if a student is missing a graduation requirement. This reiterates the importance of choosing classes wisely. As you reflect on class selection, the following questions may be beneficial:

1. What are my goals after high school? As students progress through their four year career, they tend to gain a better understanding of what they intend to do after graduation. Reflecting on the results of the career cluster survey from Advisory class is also helpful.

2. Have I set realistic expectations for my schedule and workload? The most successful students set realistic expectations and select classes accordingly. Students who get overwhelmed have typically over-extended and find themselves unable to keep up with homework, studying, athletics, co-curricular activities, etc. The other side of that coin is students who coast through their freshman and sophomore years without a plan and then discover in their junior year of high school that they have not taken a rigorous enough load of classes to be college-career ready.

3. Have I considered broadening my horizons by taking a new class? High school is a great place to try something new - art, broadcast journalism, drama, engineering, leadership, etc.

4. Have I considered taking an honors, Advanced Placement, or Front Range Community College class? My hope is that every student will consider taking at least one class that is at the honors, Advanced Placement, or college level. There are honors and AP classes in nearly every subject area at EHS. If you are considering taking your first AP class, my best recommendation for you is A.P. Human Geography. Erie High offers several college classes

We are committed to helping students achieve their dreams and making Erie High the very best, comprehensive high school in America. Good luck in your class selection. If you have specific questions about selecting classes, be sure to check in with the counseling department.

Thank you for your support of Erie High School and GO TIGERS!

Matt Buchler

Principal