Friday, April 27, 2001

West Clermont aims to get small

Goal is nine school plans by fall 2002

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        AMELIA — The West Clermont School District on Thursday unveiled nine small-school concepts that — if approved by the superintendent and school board — will change the way the district educates its high school students.

        The district introduced the concepts at a public meeting at Amelia High School. A second meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Glen Este High School.

        Each of the district's two high schools would be re- designed into three to five high-interest small schools of choice, starting in fall 2002. The district has not determined what programs will be placed at each school, said Sue Showers, director of the district's High School Design Project.

        Although students would select a school that matches their interests, each school would include basic courses that meet Ohio graduation requirements.

        The nine concepts, designed by teams of teachers and community members, are:

        • Communications technology. The school could include broadcasting, visual arts, a computer-assisted drafting program, computer programming, industrial technology and speech.

        • Exploratory science/ math and professional technology. The school would focus on medicine, environment/biology, physics, engineering and technology.

        • Holistic education through the arts (Heart Academy). The school would offer an interdisciplinary approach, with an emphasis on the arts.

        • House-Key Academy. The school would offer a broad educational background, focusing on project learning, service projects and career education.

        • International baccalaureate. This would be designed for students who want a rigorous, comprehensive program. The school would likely attract advance placement students.

        • School of humanities and liberal arts. The school would focus on cultural development and human interaction. Students who attend this school may be interested in law, international affairs, literature and public service.

        • Kinetics and wellness. Students would take science, math and liberal arts classes, along with internships in nutrition, medical services and rehabilitation.

        • School for scientific studies. The school would focus on biomedical, engineering and environmental studies.

        • West Clermont Institute of Performing Arts. The school would focus on music, dance, art and drama.

        After fine-tuning, the concept proposals will be sent to a review committee by June 15. The committee will make recommendations to Superintendent Michael Ward, who will take them to the school board for approval in August.


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