While students are required to take stress inducing math and science classes, but electives can also form a crucial part of their schedule.
The range of electives offered varies at different high schools from writing to cooking and keyboard.
Based on their interests, students tend to favor certain electives over others.
“The most popular electives at my school are the music, theater, and art electives,” says Maggie DeCapua, a sophomore at Stratford High School. “We have excellent programs when it comes to those fields, and the students have a lot of fun.”
The popular electives in a school can often fill up so quickly that students can be turned away from the class. Due to the fast enrollment in well-liked electives, some students can be left with few courses that they would actually enjoy.
“I do not wish we had other electives but I do wish we had more space for students in each elective because the available space fills up quickly,” says Andrea Pringle, a junior at Central Magnet High School in Bridgeport.
Some schools simply provide students with a smaller selection of electives to choose from. These schools may wish to focus on academic courses or may not have the funding to offer numerous electives which causes problems for their students.
“Our school is pretty limited with the electives, especially if you’re on the honors track,” says Alexis Christy, a senior at Jonathan Law High School in Milford. “You’re generally not offered any honors electives because they’re usually level two or three.”
As students figure out possible careers and hobbies, they require more electives pertaining to their interests. Rather than just taking general courses, students wish for more specialized classes in different fields.
These electives can allow them to explore new subjects or continue a past passion.
“I wish my school had a woodshop class,” says Elizabeth O’Brien, of Easton, a senior at Joel Barlow High School in Redding. “I had one when I was in middle school and I still have the benches and stools that I made. I can only imagine the things a high school level course would make.”
Electives can be used as relaxing courses or courses which allow a student to learn more about a specific subject.
They can help students figure out more about career paths for their future and discover new entertaining hobbies.
Some schools have more options for electives than others which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage.
Whether or not students are enrolled in their top elective choice, this class functions as a unique addition to the high school curriculum.
By Esha Deshmukh, of Milford, a sophomore at Jonathan Law High School and Sheetala Balasubramanian, of Orange, a senior at Amity High School in Woodbridge.