Westerville high school students likely will have more courses to choose from when they head back to class next school year.

Westerville high school students likely will have more courses to choose from when they head back to class next school year.

Proposed new courses in science, business and visual arts were presented to the Westerville City School District Board of Education at its meeting Jan. 26. Three new International Baccalaureate courses of study also were discussed.

Jennifer Knapp, the district's director of curriculum and instruction, presented the two proposals for the science curriculum. She told the board the courses support the requirements of the Straight A Fund, a grant the district was awarded by the state last year.

The grant dollars support Innovation Generation, an initiative that establishes career pathways into various industries, including Health Career, Business/Logistics and Advanced Manufacturing.

Introduction to Healthcare and Medical Terminology are two proposed courses of study, which, according to Knapp, would allow students an opportunity to earn college credit in high school, good toward a health degree program or certificate, including clinical lab assistant certification.

The courses are to be completed online. They would be facilitated by Westerville instructors, but instructed by Columbus State Community College faculty.

The proposed business courses also align with grant requirements, and include five courses: Business Foundations, Management Principles, Computer Concepts, Marketing Principles and Fundamentals of Business and Administrative Services.

The courses would be offered to students at all high schools, if approved by the board. Three courses provide students with the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit.

Knapp said the proposed Visual Arts course of study was developed to ensure the content and skills taught in each course at each school are consistent, aligned to the standards and focused on a scope and sequence.

Board Member Nancy Nestor-Baker spoke in support of the proposed visual arts curriculum, which was developed by a team of teachers, led by Jan Fedorenko.

"I really like this course of study," Nestor-Baker said.

"I like the way it is presented; I like what it does," she said. "I like the approach to vertical alignment. This is a stellar piece of work."

Three new courses were proposed for the International Baccalaureate program, which is only available to students enrolled at Westerville South High School.

Knapp said the offerings are to encourage more students to participate in the program. They are Environmental Systems in Society; Sports, Exercise and Health Science; and Information Technology in a Global Society. Like the other IB program courses, these highlight transferrable skills, interdisciplinary study and in-depth content knowledge.

Board members are expected to decide whether to accept the course proposals at their next meeting, set for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 9, in the district's Early Learning Center and administrative offices, 936 Eastwind Drive.

If approved, parents and students will be able to find additional course details in the high school course description guide, as well as upcoming High School 101 information sessions.