Teaching High School
High School consists of grades nine through twelve and constitutes the final level of education mandated by the government. Many students will go on to college, others will begin working as soon as they graduate, and, sadly, there are also students who will not graduate. Though the percentage of students who drop out is relatively small (8 percent as of 2008), for those who do drop out, this decision will forever change their lives. But whichever path a student’s future takes, high school is the place where much of that path is determined, and it is teachers who play a large role in a students' direction. High school teachers prepare students for college and “the real world.” High school curricula are structured around core academics that students need as the foundation for college. Classes delve more deeply into a wider array of subjects, such as physics, calculus and U.S. history. Students begin to study foreign languages and have more flexibility with electives like art and home economics. This is why it is so important that high school teachers be experts in their fields; whereas elementary school teachers introduce their class to a variety of basic subjects, high school teachers are often devoted to one subject and teach it to multiple classes.