School district ramps up challenge for high-schoolers
Grandview Heights High School will offer a more rigorous course of studies next school year after the school board Jan. 15 approved the addition of several new classes.
The revamping of the high school course of studies will even result in a more stringent policy regarding study hall.
Beginning next school year, students who want to take a second study hall will have to get approval from Principal Dawn Sayre.
Students will have to show why none of the available courses won't work for them, Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said.
"Our staff is even looking at how to make study hall more meaningful," Sayre said.
The addition of more academically challenging courses is designed "to make sure we're giving students a more rigorous course of studies" as well as a more varied one, to help better prepare them for college and career, she said.
Most colleges, for example, now expect students to take four years of social studies, even though Ohio requires only three years, Sayre said.
So the high school will expand its dual enrollment opportunities in social studies, offering students the chance to take classes co-taught by instructors from Columbus State Community College, she said. Global Issues, a semester-long course addressing current events, also will be offered.
The government class ultimately will become a senior-year class rather than a freshman class, Sayre said.
Government will be a more meaningful class for seniors as they approach their 18th birthday and qualify to vote, she said.
The switch will not become effective until this year's eighth-graders become seniors, Sayre said.
Starting next year, and until the switch goes into effect, world history classes will be offered for both freshmen and seniors, she said.
In science, the high school will begin to add a more diverse set of courses addressing all areas of that subject, Sayre said. There will be an increase in the number of honors and Advanced Placement science classes.
Eventually, the plan is to create an environmental course and take physics to the Advanced Placement level, she said.
To help increase the number of students taking industrial tech courses, a robotics component will be added to the mechanical drafting class, which will become a year-long course, Sayre said.
The painting and drawing art classes will be combined into a single course, and the intention is to expand the Advanced Placement offerings in art, she said.
"We're trying to expand our AP course offerings across the board," Sayre said. "We're looking at (increasing) our dual-enrollment offerings and how honors courses are offered and determined."
Also at the Jan. 15 meeting, the board re-elected Grant Douglass to serve as president and Katie Clifford as vice president.