The High School Program

Planning Your Course of Study

Planning your course of study during high school is an important step in planning your future. The decisions you make, along with the course of study you pursue, will affect your post-secondary plans, including college and career readiness. Your campus counselors are available to assist in planning your course of study and in determining your college and career goals.

College students change their majors an average of three times. This is typical, and you, too, will probably reconsider your career goals several times. The decisions you make now, regarding both your program of study and the activities in which you engage, will impact your options beyond high school. It is best to pursue a broad, well rounded program of study that will prepare you for a variety of opportunities. Rusk High School offers a wide range of programs designed to give our students a firm foundation for entering college, business or technical school, military services, or the workforce. As a student, you are strongly encouraged to pursue a rigorous, challenging program that is best suited for your needs.

The student academic section of this website contains information on graduations programs, graduation requirements, and information on career planning. The catalog contains course descriptions, information on prerequisites and applicable fees.

Please use this information as a guide to planning your coursework and your future. You have many important decisions to make – take them seriously and make them count!

8th Grade

  • Review choices offered under the Foundation High School Program and the Endorsements to decide on your future academic path.
  • Select the endorsement that best fits your area of personal interest and the major you plan to study in college.
  • Recognize that most college entrance requirements include rigorous advanced courses including Algebra 2, higher-level science courses and languages other than English.
  • Use Career Cruising to investigate and explore career interests and to investigate schools/colleges that offer training in the programs you are interested in.
  • Use Career Cruising to document all school, community, and church volunteer, and extracurricular work and accomplishments.

9th /10th Grade

  • Monitor high school credits; be sure to meet all local and state requirements by the end of the senior year.
  • Take dual enrollment or Advanced Placement courses if possible to earn college credit while still in high school.
  • Keep list of awards, honors, and extracurricular activities for scholarship and college applications.
  • Research colleges or universities you are interested in attending. Check admission and application requirements and timelines.
  • Attend College Days/Nights hosted by area Jr. Colleges and high schools. Talk with school representatives about the types of financial aid available.
  • Take the PLAN/ASPIRE during your sophomore year.
  • Take your TSI exam if you are going to participate in the dual credit program.
  • Use Career Cruising to investigate and explore career interests and to investigate schools/colleges that offer training in the programs you are interested in.
  • Use Career Cruising to document all school, community, and church volunteer, and extracurricular work and accomplishments.

11th / 12th Grade

  • Take dual credit or AP courses if possible to earn college credit while you are still in high school.
  • Check with your counselor’s office to learn about available scholarships in the fall of your senior year. Be sure to apply early and for as many scholarships as possible. Do not limit yourself to local scholarships.
  • Use Career Cruising to investigate and explore career interests and to investigate schools/colleges that offer training in the programs you are interested in.
  • Consider taking an SAT/ACT preparation class.
  • Sign up and take the ACT or SAT test in June after your Junior year, or after you have completed Algebra 2. You will need to take one of these exams no later than the fall of your senior year.
  • Take the TSI exam if you didn’t do so during your Sophomore year.
  • Apply to college during the fall of your senior year.
  • Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) early in the spring of your senior year.
  • Apply for scholarships in the Spring of your senior year.
  • Use Career Cruising to document all school, community, and church volunteer, and extracurricular work and accomplishments.

RHS Academic Planner - The RHS Academic Planner serves as the official planning guide for students at RHS. Every effort is made to keep the website as current as the planner.