SST and HS2 Merging Into A New School
The decision has been made to reorganize the School of Science & Technology and the Health & Science School effective the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the budget shortfall, it is clear that neither school will be able to preserve their core programs if they continue to operate independently. Therefore, the schools will merge into a new school.
The new school will be opened at our current site incorporating the strengths of both schools. 2019-2020 will be a planning and transition year for both schools. The Class of 2020 will be the last graduating senior class from SST and HS2. Thereafter, graduates will receive their diplomas from the new school. It is exciting to consider the prospect of opening a new school with more opportunities for our students in grades 6-12.
- EL Education
- High School Credit Opportunities
- Middle School Curriculum
- Supervised Study
Expeditionary Learning (EL Education) The new school will open as an Expeditionary Learning School. This is the current model at HS2. EL Education provides a powerful, coherent framework for engaging learning with a focus on rigorous student outcomes in academics and character. Students experience expeditions (real-world, in-depth studies both inside and outside the classroom), share their learning and achievements with authentic audiences through public exhibitions, and belong to a Crew (EL’s advisory vehicle for fostering relationships and the habits of scholarship that every student needs to be successful.) Now all students will benefit from Expeditionary Learning in all classes of the new school.
Both SST and HS2 students will follow the same bell schedule this year. This allows students to access the full
course catalogs from both schools. The new schedule follows the district A/B day schedule. Crew (for HS2
students) and Advisory/Seminar (for SST students) will meet every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Classes on
these days will be 79 minutes, while Crew/Advisory/Seminar will last 33 minutes. Classes will last 88 minutes
on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All students will take 7 classes for credit and have a Supervised Study. In some
cases, the Supervised Study class will be replaced with a class like leadership, AVID, Flex Online, etc.
This year, all students have access to the Computer Science pathway and the AP Science classes currently offered at SST as well as the Biomedical and Engineering pathways offered at HS2. Students will be able to supplement their main focus of interest with classes from other pathways or even complete two pathways during high school. The new school will open with three mature Project Lead the Way pathways, namely in Computer Science, Engineering, and Biomedical Studies. To the best of our knowledge, we would be one of a very few, if not only, Project Lead the Way schools in the country sponsoring three complete pathways.
The focus of the new middle school will be to provide students the opportunity to explore the pathways that become available in high school. 6th and 7th will be able to take “wheel” classes that last for nine weeks and rotate through experiences in Computer Science, Engineering, Biomedical Studies, and Art. In the 8th grade year, we plan to have students focus on two pathways featuring semester long classes, so by their 9th grade year, students have a clear idea of which pathway they will focus upon in high school.
All students in grades 6 - 12 have a supervised study hall. This will increase the amount of homework being completed at school so that students have a better understanding of the material. Students may use this time to work together in small groups or individually. In addition, all study halls at HS2 and SST begin with 20 minutes of choice reading. Students choose a book of their choice from either a teacher classroom library or the school library for this time.