During last week's Upper School Assembly, Division Director Dr. Joel Coleman announced exciting curricular changes coming in the 2020-2021 academic year. "For schools to continue building quality programs, it is important to consistently re-evaluate course offerings," said Dr. Coleman. Coupled with the work of a course selection committee chaired by Director of College Guidance Kerri Small, a series of conversations between teachers, department chairs, and administrators has resulted in the following updates:
AP Statistics – Offered for the first time, this class is for eligible recommended seniors who seek a rigorous statistics experience, yet do not wish to follow the BC Calculus path.
Animal Science – GSB's Animal Science classes are being updated to provide authentic connections between students and practitioners and to more closely align with programs at the university level.
Computer Science – Courses are being redesigned to provide honors experiences beyond AP Computer Science and to create three distinct paths to pre-engineering, computer programming, and web design.
Performing Arts – While the same number of sections (two) in choir will be offered, Concert Choir is a performance-based and skill-building course for choral singers and a pre-requisite for Honors Choir, which requires passing a proficiency evaluation.
– Underscoring character education goals in GSB's Strategic Plan
, the Upper School will offer a new Leadership Class and a new Ethics Class, both to be taught by school administrators. Also being added in social studies are World Cultures courses that reflect our GSB Core Values, specifically respect and compassion.
World Languages – Beginning next year, all world language programs currently available will also offer honors level courses.
"All healthy school cultures reflect, self-assess, and adapt," commented Dr. Coleman. "These updates increase opportunities for students to discover their particular interests and passions as they take their next steps toward college and beyond." These, and all other Upper School course offerings, open this week on KnightSite for online course enrollment.