Pres Summer School Now Offering Advancement Courses

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Johanna Lazar, Reporter

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It’s no question that fields in STEM- science, technology, engineering and mathematics- are growing fast in today’s world. So in order to accommodate and support students wishing to advance in mathematics and science courses, for the first time ever Presentation will be offering summer school advancement classes in Algebra I, Geometry and Chemistry. Presentation Summer School Principal Siobhan O’Byrne revealed all the details.

According to O’Byrne, students can now advance through math and science classes through multiple ways, such as taking Algebra I during summer so they can be placed in Geometry for the school year, taking Geometry in order to be placed in Algebra II, or by taking Accelerated Algebra I in order to advance to Algebra I. Students can also advance through Chemistry, taught by Alyssa Russo, so that they can take AP Chemistry.

Pres has decided to implement these changes to allow more flexibility in students’ schedules. For example, a student who would normally take Algebra I as a freshman and Geometry sophomore year could simply take Geometry during the summer and be placed in Algebra II as a sophomore. This gives her more room in her schedule for the rest of her years at Pres, opening up the possibility of being able to take an array of other math classes like AP Statistics, Precalculus and Trigonometry.

Also, the change allows students strong in math and science to be placed in the classes right for them. “In particular with math, students sometimes get stuck in a bit of a track because of what they had or had not exposed to in their middle school years, so we wanted to afford students who are strong in math to advance all the way through Calculus and Multivariable Calculus by doing this advancement round,” said O’Byrne.

Prior to the change, Pres would not allow its students to gain advancement credit at other summer schools and did not offer an advancement program of its own. So why the new policy? O’Byrne explained, “Prior to this, we were tentative about any summer school curriculum that would successfully cover an entire year’s course in six weeks.

“Why have we changed our mind? We’ve changed summer school. We’re allowing this through our summer school program curriculum that we can control versus any summer school program where we can’t necessarily control the teachers or the curriculum.”

Some challenges that could come with the new program are that since the material for the classes are condensed into such a short amount of time, the classes are a lot more fast paced than they are during the school year, which could be difficult for students. For teachers, this means planning lessons for a four-hour class rather than a class that runs for 85 minutes, which means they have to change their teaching style and technique to keep students engaged. Students also have homework from these summer classes, adding another potential difficulty to be focused on schoolwork during summer.

In order to advance into the upper level math or science class, Presentation students must get at least a B in the course; if she wants to move into Honors math or science, she must earn at least an A-.

Students can sign up for summer classes at https://summeratpres.campbrainregistration.com/

 

 

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