Career groupings at high schools questioned
Clear Creek school officials are rethinking the "Smaller Learning Communities" that group students with similar career goals into classes together at its large high schools.
The Bay Area Citizen's Mary Alys Cherry reports:
Trustee Robert Davee noted that the high schools today are not as overcrowded as when the program was instituted, yet we are still funding it at $542,000 a year. So the question is, are we getting the most bang for the buck? Is there a better way?"
I don't think anyone is happy with where we are," Superintendent Greg Smith said.
The program began in 2004 to help students make connections with each other in jumbo-sized schools so the kids would stay in school and perform better. Students who are interested in, say, engineering are assigned to advisory classes that explore engineering-orientated careers. Engineering students can participate in engineering-focused field trips together, take core classes together and share the same counselor. Depending on the school, students might be assigned to a Smaller Learning Community that focuses on medicine, the arts, business or communications.
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