The School Newspaper of Franklin High School


The School Newspaper of Franklin High School


The School Newspaper of Franklin High School


Electives, Electives, What to take?

It’s that time again, scheduling classes for next year!  Love it or hate it, it has to be done.

A lot of students have trouble choosing an elective because of the endless possibilities, I mean the one hundred page program of studies can be pretty intimidating.

So, how to decide?  It’s important to pick classes with an open mind, and you shouldn’t necessarily base your choices on your friends’ choices, because its possible that you might actually love something they don’t like.  That being said, it is always a good idea to talk to people taking the class you are considering so you have a better idea on what to expect from that particular class.

When choosing your electives on Aspen, you should make sure that you would be satisfied with your second, third or fourth choices because it’s difficult for all students to get their first choices, especially in a high demand class.


Art is one of the most diverse departments, because art can range anywhere from Drawing to Video Production to Theater   If you have never taken an art class at FHS before, it’s a good idea to start with Intro to Art I, where you will be introduced to an array of different forms of art.  According to Nikisha Falcone, a sophomore, “I liked [Intro to Art] because it’s one of the few classes where you get to be with people other than those who are in your grade.  Also, in this class you aren’t pressured or feel intimidated.”


Business is a smaller department full of great courses like Web Page Design, Marketing, and Accounting that typically are supposed to prepare students for work following the completion of high school.


Although the English department is mostly made of grade level English courses, some electives that the English department offer include Creative Writing, Conspiracy Theories (seniors only) and Art of the Film (seniors only).

Foreign Language

Similar to English, the foreign language department doesn’t offer many electives but they are Greek and Roman Mythology, and Word Origins & Derivations.

Health/Physical Education

Incoming freshman and sophomores have to take mandatory wellness, and juniors and seniors have to choose a pathway for their physical education requirement.  If you do not already have a pathway, then the popular Team Sports is an option.   If you do not need a pathway, but you would still like to learn about health-related subjects such as Kinesiology, Child Development or Nutrition, then the Health and Physical Education department should meet your needs!


Whether you play an instrument, sing, or just love music, the ever expanding music department has lots to offer!  Aside from the ensembles, you can learn to play guitar or piano, study music theory or even learn to record music!


The science department offers tons of fun courses from Forensic Science to Human Anatomy and Physiology.  You can even expand on classes you have already taken like Biology by taking the Advanced Placement version of that class.

Social Studies

Even if you’re not a fan of history, the social studies department offers more modern classes like Psychology, Street Law, and even Digital Media.

SDLP (Student Directed Learning Program)

If you would like to take a class not offered at FHS, then it is entirely possible to still take it online with SDLP.  Do you have a passion outside of school that you would like to pursue inside school?  If you get permission from the adviser  the sky’s the limit!

Good luck with choosing your classes!

What is your favorite elective?


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