DuBOIS — Lots of research went into revising the course selection guide for DuBois Area High School students, said Anne Young, director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment.
Part of the research was a comparison of graduation requirements of some of the top schools in the state.
“We currently are ranked 114th in Pennsylvania,” Young said. “We wanted to do some research to see what other top schools in the state were doing, and here are their alignment credits as well. We’re one of the only schools in the state that require five credits of math, four of science, four of social studies, 2.25 of wellness, and then three elective credits.”
The board approved changes to course credits for next year.
Counselor Nancy Chelgren looked at other schools and she also talked to the college reps when they came in during the day of Open House September.
I talked to them about us making these changes, and would our students still meet the criteria to get into their programs? And a lot of them said, even if we don’t require it, our top students that are college bound are still going to take year-long courses, and direct them in the way that they need them for their programs,” Chelgren said.
“The idea is, whenever we’re looking at this, is having a more hands-on approach with the students, because based upon where they’re going after high school, not everyone needs five credits of math,” Young said. “For example, when we were having conversations, (Superintendent) Dr. (Luke) Lansberry and I had a meeting with Dr. McBride at Penn State DuBois. (Assistant Superintendent) Wendy Benton and I went up to Kersey, to the North Central Workforce Development Board, and they all said, it’s not about just the kids taking these cookie cutter classes.
“It’s about giving them the right classes and having them planning the right pathways. It’s not necessarily that they have to have five math credits, but the thing was, we were giving them a very concrete path,” Young said. “Like you have to take two Stats and Prob, you have to take this, you have to take this. But this is going to give them some options to open up and take career path from some different courses.
“So through some of our conversations, we decided we’re now going to have Industrial Math, a Healthcare Math,” Young continued. “Right there, whether you are college bound or not, the Healthcare Math will help for all college and students that are going right into the workforce. And then Industrial Math is going to be developed specifically for those students that are going into a one- (or) two-year (program), or straight into the workforce for industry. So we want to be talking with industry leaders.”