June 23, 2003
Members of the Secondary Programming Committee recommend that the School Board:
develop programs to help freshmen transition successfully to high school;
require that every student have the program and coursework necessary to enter post secondary education or be a CTE completer;
provide a comprehensive career and technical education
program at each of the high schools (courses that do not have enough
enrollment to field a class on a consistent basis could be housed in
cultivate job shadowing, internship, and apprenticeship opportunities;
explore programming opportunities for gifted students with other school divisions (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Governors School, Advanced Placement)
provide a comprehensive fine arts program at each of the high schools;
harness the internet as a study and learning resource and, eventually, as a medium for credit and non-credit courses;
add a graduation requirement that students must complete a course in understanding basic computer technology.
add a graduation requirement that students must complete a course/program that incorporates service learning, imparts life skills, and teaches about civic responsibility at the federal, state, and local levels;
take a new look at the impact of scheduling on programming and over-crowding at the high school level; and
continue to offer a comprehensive athletic program at each of the high schools;
All of these recommendations are based on the belief that program opportunities for all students should be provided; in other words, access and equity should drive the boat.