Program of Study Expands Options, Supports Career Exploration

Program of Study Expands Options, Supports Career Exploration
Posted on 12/13/2016
Lakota logoAs Lakota high school students gear up for course registration season, they will notice several new options in the 2017-2018 Program of Study.

The new program is evidence of the district’s commitment to provide students with an increasingly diverse portfolio of courses that support personalized learning, exploration, and an experience that sets them up for college or a career.

“The continued buildout of career pathways, for one, lets students dive deeply into a single area or just scratch the surface in lots of different areas if they prefer,” said Fran Morrison, director of Curriculum & Instruction 7-12. “With the support of Butler Tech, over the last three years, we’ve followed through on our levy commitment by introducing, and in some cases completing, three new pathways in engineering, information technology and biomedical sciences. Most of these are supported by relevant internship experiences, too.”

Part of the IT pathway, next school year brings the addition of “Introduction to Computer Science/Programming” for ninth- and tenth-graders. Additionally, “Web Design” is new and offered as early as sophomore year. Two more courses, “Computer and Mobile Apps” and “Game Design,” are slated for the 2018-2019 school year.

“Biomedical Innovations” and “Medical Interventions” will also complete the four-course pathway for biomedical sciences. “Sports Medicine,” previously available only at Lakota East, will be available at Lakota West next year, too.

“It’s important that the same academic opportunities be available on both campuses, so we will continue our work under that philosophy, especially with courses that show a high level of student interest,” Morrison said.

New electives help meet other student interests, including “Contemporary Cuisine,” a year-long elective for students interested in a culinary career. “Law and Criminal Justice” rounds out students’ pick of social studies electives. “Metals IV” and “Ceramics IV” give students more visual art options and set the district up for offering a new Advanced Placement course in 3-D Art for the 2018-2019 school year.

CP English 11, a required course for all students, will include a second option, “Focus on American Novels,” for those students who wish to dive more deeply into fewer important works in American literature.

High school course registration will begin Jan. 27 and will be communicated by each high school’s Guidance Department. Click here to preview the 2017-2018 High School Program of Study.