A typical high school schedule consists of seven 50 minute courses with five minute breaks in between each class and a 30 to 45 minute lunch period that is combined with a study hall session. Students in high school are required to take courses in a variety of subjects, such as math, English, physical education, science and social studies.
Students typically take one course from each primary subject and can opt to take electives such as journalism, music, cooking, child development and leadership courses. Each state stipulates a set number of courses in all subjects that must be completed prior to graduation, in addition to a total number of credit hours that should be completed. Students seeking entrance into colleges or universities after high school should take the recommended course sequence that commonly includes three years of math, English, foreign language, science and social studies.
Freshman and sophomores enrolled in high school are commonly required to take a Civics course and can opt to take consumers education or driver's education. Most school districts require a minimum of three years of physical education. Some schools waive this requirement if students take courses in music, band or art or are active in a school-sponsored sports team throughout the year.