Variety of new classes augment course offerings for 2010-11 school year

maria paskell ‘11

As next school year approaches, schedules are a popular topic. With new classes being added to the upcoming 2010-11 school year, this not only brings excitement, but some questions as to how this will work.

According to the UAHS Program of Studies, the new classes include IB Information Technology in Global Society, AP Computer Science, IB Computer Science, IB Film SL, Mandarin-I, Advanced Multimedia, Honors Designing with Materials and IB Designing with Materials SL.

According to AP/IB coordinator Cynthia Ballheim, administrators decided to add new classes based on teacher requests.

“Proposals come from teachers who are interested in teaching specific courses,” Ballheim said.

Many of the specific requests this year have been for IB classes. According to principal Kip Greenhill, a variety of new art classes have been added to mainly benefit candidates for the IB Diploma.

“Students must complete classes in six areas,” Greenhill said. “These new IB classes give students choices to fulfill these six areas.”

Greenhill said he has high hopes for the IB program, but he knows it can still be hard to get students to enroll.

“It’s a good program and I would like to see more students participate. However, I know it is hard to find time with all of the extracurricular activities,” Greenhill said.

Another class being added is Mandarin. Junior Abe Lucey said this class will be beneficial for students.

“It is the language of this century and it will be the language of business,” Lucey said. “I am intrigued and proud that UAHS would be so world-oriented as to offer it.”

However, a problem that has yet to be solved is the lack of a teacher.

“There is no teacher right now, but nothing can be done about this until we see the numbers of students enrolled,” Greenhill said.

Overall, these classes are meant for the benefit of the students, in order to provide opportunities that appeal to different personalities.

“We want to find different ways to engage students and put a hook in them,” Greenhill said. “We try to do this through new classes.”