Which High School Classes Are Colleges Looking for on Your Transcript?

If you are feeling stressed as you begin to apply for college, knowing that you are taking the right classes can help you keep a level head as you begin the admissions process. Attending a private college prep school can give you a head start with your college applications, though it is still important to showcase your academic abilities by selecting the right coursework in high school. At Orinda Academy, you will have access to a number of challenging classes with a solid foundation in core subjects along with an array of electives that can further set your application apart. Here’s a closer look at the classes that colleges will want to see on your high school transcript.

Advanced math

With a high-demand for students in STEM majors, colleges are seeking applicants who are proficient in higher-level mathematics courses. The pre-college track at Orinda includes trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus with AP exam preparation to help students prepare for college-level mathematics.

Foreign languages

Most degree programs will include foreign language requirements, so taking a foreign language in high school can help you get a head start. Upper division language courses will be particularly impressive on your application.

Arts and music

Fine arts are not overlooked when it comes to college applications. Arts and music classes can improve academic skills and provide students with a broader cultural perspective, which is why Orinda offers a wide range of arts courses such as drama, studio art, stage band, and digital music production.

Advanced writing

Strong writing skills are integral to college success, which means that admissions departments will want to see higher level English classes with a writing emphasis on students’ transcripts.

To discover more of the advantages of an education at Orinda Academy, visit our website or call us at (925) 478-4504. Our beautiful East Bay Area campus offers a tightly-knit community for students from grades 8-12 with an emphasis on college preparation.