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Why high school should be 5 years instead of 4

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High school years fly by so quickly, so should an average high school experience be this short? As a high school student, as I’m picking classes for junior year, I realized that four years isn’t enough to complete all the classes I want to complete to prepare myself for college and be able to take all the electives I want to take while also completing the requirements for graduating high school. But how did the decision to have only four years of high school come about? Some schools believe that additional classes, not including the required periods, like summer school and dual enrollment, are good opportunities for students to take extra classes outside their required courses.

However, this is inefficient because of the many periods students already have to take during school hours. All the homework they receive from each class is already overwhelming; adding additional courses that spare their free time or time that can be utilized to do their homework from other works is a hassle for both the teachers who have to grade the work and the students who have to complete it.

An article also claims that these high school years are required, but college is not, so it is only four years. But what about the other students who care about college and their education? Many students don’t care about their future and education after high school, but it is unfair to most students who plan to pursue a future in college later on. They can be prepared for college with proper preparation and experience from high school.

Your high school experience is critical to colleges that look at your experience in high school based on your grades and other extracurricular activities that you took in high school, but having a short amount of time of 4 years limits a student’s ability to take more classes to impress colleges with a long list of courses taken in high school which can ultimately decide their future of whether or not they make it into their dream college. Having five years of high school instead of 4 can also help better overall help students feel the expectation of classes they will take in college.A group of cheerful university students celebrating outdoors, graduation concept.

P-TECH, a college in New York, offers six years of high school because they believe the additional two years of high school better prepares students for college and eliminates the requirement of taking the class in college, which can lead to less economic worries of the families paying for tuitions. Although Santiago High School offers college-level classes in dual enrollment, the student is expected to finish the course during a typical school year on top of the classes they are currently taking.

Schools should offer students the ability to take additional years outside of the four required years so that the students who don’t plan on going to college in the future don’t have to be in high school for longer because it wouldn’t benefit them. Still, it would help the students who want to be prepared for college.

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Jaelynn Tagle, OP/ED Editor
Jaelynn T (10) is a current Sophomore at Santiago High School class of 2026 and plans to take all honor and advanced placement classes during her 4 year experience. Jaelynn joined journalism due to her love and passion for writing and expressing her opinions and being a voice for others. Her interest in writing developed when she wrote mini books during recess and going above and beyond to write the best essay out there, perfecting every detail and minor issue. Writing became a resort to her personal problems and sorrow for difficult times. She loves watching shows and movies in her free time and plays tennis twice a week. She listens to music during every opportunity she has, collecting vinyls and CDs from her favorite artists and enjoys traveling and eating. Her favorite season is winter due to her fond memories of Christmas and adoration of cold and cozy weather. Her favorite way to decompress and spend her spare time is hanging out and talking to friends in real life and on social media. To her friends, she is a great listener and gives considerate and honest advice and feedback and provides overall entertainment and does the most to make someone laugh and comfort them. After graduating high school, Jaelynn plans to continue her education and continue her studies at a 4-year university in the country. She aspires to pursue a career as a teacher and major in education during her courses in college. You may reach her at [email protected]
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