Westside High School proposes new AP courses, more post-secondary preparation
Posted November 20, 2019
District leaders have proposed new course registration recommendations for the 2020-2021 school year to strengthen secondary to post-secondary preparation. Among the proposals: the addition of two Advanced Placement courses, more internship opportunities and dual credit, registered apprenticeships and ACT preparation.
Westside High School Principal Jay Opperman and District Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning Kim De La Cruz presented their recommendations to the Board of Education on November 19.
Opperman and De La Cruz recommended adding two AP courses: Computer Science Principles and Macroeconomics. AP Computer Science would replace Introduction to Computer Science, providing Westside students the opportunity to take an AP course in this subject area earlier in high school.
AP Macroeconomics would be added to Westside High curriculum to alternate each school year with AP Microeconomics. AP Microeconomics is currently offered.
Other recommendations include:
- Adding Adult Living Skills to replace Life and Career Essentials;
- an Algebra and Geometry Lab to increase success for students in Algebra 1 and Geometry;
- and a Math Support course for identified students.
Proposals also include an expanded partnership with Intern Omaha, providing connections for students between business partners and Avenue Scholars. This program would be open to senior students starting in 20-21, providing paid internships with dual credit via Metro Community College. Career readiness is also the push behind the proposal for a Registered Apprenticeships program, facilitated through the Department of Labor. This currently exists throughout manufacturing, welding and auto departments.
Opperman and De La Cruz also shared new details about expanded ACT preparation, following a pilot program utilized in Spring 2019. A larger pilot program is proposed for Spring 2020 with courses built into a student’s schedule.
No Board action was taken November 18.