Course Preference Update (June 17, 2021)
The release of our 2021-2022 Course Catalog has been well received. The thoughtfulness of our Advanced course offerings and the expansion of student choice allows students to better personalize their academic experience in preparation for their post-secondary plans.
Here are a couple of updates we feel are important to communicate to families.
Students may now satisfy the junior year ELA requirement with either American Literature (English 5/6) or AP English Language and Composition. These courses do not need to be taken concurrently.
Students who have yet to submit their course request form will now see AP Language and Composition as an option under the “Next course in the English Sequence.” Students who have already submitted their course request form, and wish to revise their English preference may do so using the add/drop form distributed this summer.
Rationale: Students may only take two Advanced Placement (AP) courses for the school year 2021-2022.
It is universally understood that students have experienced trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is unclear as to the impact this trauma has had on our own school community. We want our students to have positive experiences when they come back to school full time in the fall. We want our students to have a healthy and balanced lifestyle for the 2021-2022 academic school year.
Students frequently take an incredibly rigorous course load when accounting for their academic choices and the rigor of their studio programs. When students wish to switch from an AP Course to a non-AP course due to a variety of reasons -- including work load and anxiety -- it is often not possible due to courses being full, courses not offered the same period, curriculum does not match up, etc.
In certain situations, a student may be approved to take a 3rd AP class. For example, if a student has completed three years of a World Language sequence, the student will receive an exception in order to take an AP World Language and two other AP courses.
Daisy Fontanez, Principal Assigned
Greg Brummell, Assistant Principal, Safety and Security
Alyssa Collins, Assistant Principal, Math and Science
Bernice Fleischer, Assistant Principal, Music
Justin Mackey, Assistant Principal, Organization
Matteo Mannino, Assistant Principal, Social Studies and World Languages
Julissa Marrero, Assistant Principal, English
Michele Mathesius, Assistant Principal, Dance and Physical Education & Health
Heather Polacik, Assistant Principal, Fine Arts
Shoshana Seid, Assistant Principal, Special Education, Programming, and Testing
Greg Sinacori, Assistant Principal, Dance (IA)
Mark J. Stricklin-Witherspoon, Ed.D., Assistant Principal, Engagement
Shelliann Williams, Assistant Principal, Guidance