Students to pick Mountain House High School courses
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Sep 05, 2013 | 3459 views | 2 2 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MOUNTAIN HOUSE — Classes at Mountain House High School will be decided by students and residents through online surveys, according to Principal Ben Fobert.

A request to participate in a course survey will be sent to all prospective 2014-15 freshmen and sophomores starting this weekend, Fobert said. The choices made by the students will help shape the school’s course offerings.

Mountain House High School is scheduled to open in August.

“I think there’s a real concern in the community, especially among the freshmen at Kimball, and a misconception about what we are and aren’t offering,” Fobert said. “It’s rumored that we’re not going to have athletics and we’re not going to have this class or that class, and really, the message we’ve been giving out is we are offering classes by student need and want.”

He said the survey will enable students to choose their classes, and those choices will be compared to a best-guess course list created by school officials.

“We want to get as much feedback as we can from the community,” Fobert said. “We’re hoping people are going to be excited enough to say, “Hey, I get to start picking what the school’s offering.”

The classes under consideration include core classes, such as a variety of mathematics and sciences, as well as specialty classes, such as band, drama and world languages of French and Spanish.

Fobert said if enough students responding to the survey are looking for a unique course, such as zoology, a class will be created.

The survey will close at the end of the month, and the course list will be revealed during a community meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Bethany School.

“We’re taking a very nontraditional approach,” he said. “The way we are now, the sky’s the limit.”

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September 06, 2013
Here's an idea, going by the ignorance shown by many of the young generation these days, and the pathetic college level civics exam average scores, how about a course in US history? While we're at it throw in Economics 101, and by the way, require passing grades in both or no diploma.

Heed one of Jefferson's beliefs, the survival of a country based on our form of government relies on an educated & well informed populace.

September 06, 2013
Hmmm...six classes of PE, and lunch.

Yep, that's what I am voting for.

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