Numerous New Classes Added to KHS Curriculum for 2020-21

December 23, 2019 The Kirtland Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 Kirtland High School Program of Studies at its December meeting.

The new high school Program of Studies was redesigned to be more interactive and aligned with Ohio Department of Education standards, according to Kirtland 6-12 Principal Scott Amstutz. The Program of Studies includes graduation requirements, scheduling protocol, Honors Diploma requirements, cumulative GPA calculation, extracurricular/athletic eligibility, advanced options (Advanced Placement, College Credit Plus), standardized testing and course descriptions.

KHS also will introduce new course in the coming year. They include:
  • English (Introduction to Film Studies, Creative Writing, Speech and Communication, Poetry and Journalism)
  • Science (Astronomy, Intro to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering)
  • Social Studies (Ethics and Philosophy, and Advanced Placement Psychology)
  • World Language (French and Spanish conversation classes, and Business/Medical Spanish)
  • Advanced Placement Capstone Program (AP Seminar and AP Research)
  • Music (Rock and Roll History, Voice class and Treble ensemble)
  • Health and Wellness (Personal fitness and overall wellness, and Mindfulness)
  • Magoosh ACT prep

The “Excite, Explore & Engage” College and Career Pathways program also is expanding, by providing students with experiences to gain awareness, explore and engage in opportunities that stimulate intellectual curiosity, support the pursuit of their own learning, foster open-mindedness and inspire critical reflection, voice and agency. Focus areas for Pathways experiences include:

Grades 9-10: Explore
  • Understand college and career planning
  • Develop the plan to a pathway
  • Experience real-life work force
  • Practice self-regulation
  • Promote positive relationships

Grades 11-12: Engage
  • Evaluate plan progress
  • Exhibit problem solving skills
  • Model integrity, ethical behavior and leadership
  • Communicate clearly, reflectively and with reason
  • Embody creativity and innovative thought
  • Use critical thinking skills and demonstrate perseverance

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