Course Changes


photo | Maya Jackson

Natalie Burgess

As the time to plan next year’s schedules approaches, counselors have introduced several updated procedures and new courses.

The AP Computer Science Principles course is designed to address real-world issues that interest students, using the same tools and processes that artists, writers and other creators use to bring ideas to life. This course is unlike other computer courses, because it is not focused on social networking or keyboarding. It is intended to cultivate student interests and creativity. Despite the cliche of computer courses generally being used for learning code and typing skills, this one introduces the computer as a tool to solve real-world problems.

Other additions to the Career Action Plan (CAPS) booklet include Sports Medicine, Bible as Literature, Mythology, Robotics, Honors Seminar and Programming 1 & 2. Honors Seminar will have a selection process to be admitted. The class will teach students about scholarships, getting jobs and making speeches.

Off-campus schooling options have also expanded. Virtual school will be offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, but juniors and seniors will have the option of taking them at home. Work Based Learning will be offered to juniors only. Internship will be offered to seniors only, but will include not only working, but observing, volunteering and taking college courses.