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Glenbrook High Schools Consider New Courses

Students at both District 225 high schools might be studying new world languages and applied technology topics if the Board of Education approves the latest string of course recommendations.

On Monday, Jan. 14, the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education reviewed a list of proposed new courses for the 2013-14 school year at both district schools.

Administrators from the high schools recommended a variety of classes spanning world history, fine arts, applied technology and other subjects. 

“It is important that the District continues to offer a diversity of courses that encompass both the academic rigor and comprehensive educational experience our community expects of the Glenbrooks,” D225 assistant superintendent Rosanne Williamson said in a press release.

The proposed courses would have little to no inpact on disttrict reasorces, if approved by the board, according to the release, and the board is expected to announce their decision on the classes during a Jan. 28 board meeting.

Brief explanations of the new classes are listed below:

Glenbrook North

  • Sports Management 161 & 162: This course is in direct response to student interest and meant to address the expanding number of sports management programs available at the collegiate level. (one semester elective)
  • Electronic Music 361: This course would be a continuation of the current Electronic Music program and offers additional challenges to participating students. (one semester elective)
  • Sports and Society (summer school): This would be a curricular change to expand the current course and change credit from .025 to .50. The limited credit discouraged students from previously enrolling in th ecourse.
  • Hebrew 563 & 573: These courses would be part of the continued development of GBN’s Modern Hebrew language program to meet the needs of current students. (yearlong elective)

Glenbrook South

  • PLTW Introduction to Engineering Design (IED): The major focus of the IED course is to expose students to the design process, research and analysis, teamwork, communication methods, global and human impacts, engineering standards and technical documentation. (yearlong elective)
  • PLTW Principles of Engineering: Students would be exposed to major concepts to better prepare them for a post-secondary engineering course of study. (yearlong elective)
  • Honors News and Sports Broadcasting: Advanced students in News and Sports Broadcasting would act as directors of current programs broadcast over GBS TV and be responsible for the assignments of any studentin the program (production work, live broadcasts, writing) as well as the management of novice learners. (yearlong elective)
  • AP Microeconomics: In response to numerous AP Macroeconomics alumni and parents asking for an AP Microeconomics class, this course would combine both one-semester long courses to create a full-year course. (yearlong elective)
  • American Sign Language 363: ASL has been a 2-year language program for more than 14 years. Numerous students, parents and guidance staff have expressed interest in extending the sequence. (yearlong elective)

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