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New courses coming to Glen Cove High School next school year

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At the Dec. 16 Glen Cove City School District Board of Education meeting, Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology introduced three dual-enrollment classes: College Health Sciences and Professions, College Human Anatomy and Physiology and Introduction to Sociology.

Students taking these classes would be able to earn college credit and high school credit at the same time if they choose to. The benefit, Israel said, is that students would pay less for college credit then if they took the course in college, with costs ranging from $290 to $580.

High school credit courses Computer Science in Python (programming language), Web Design and Women in American History and Government were also proposed and subsequently approved at the meeting.

“We started the year out by canvassing teachers and administrators in the high school to ask for their suggestions,” Israel said. “We also looked at some of the goals we have here in the district in terms of how we’re trying to provide more opportunities for our students at Glen Cove High School and prepare them for college and careers.”

The district’s Curriculum Committee met on Nov. 16 and again on Dec. 15 to have a discussion on the proposals for these new courses, Israel said. Every year, he added, teachers have the opportunity to submit suggestions for new courses.

Students will also have five weeks when they start a college course to decide if they want to register for the college credit. “They have the option to take it for high school credit or high school and college credit,” Israel said.

Board trustees did have concerns about the College Human Anatomy and Physiology dual-enrollment course, which will replace the Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 class. Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 will still be available and if students excel in that class, they now have the opportunity to take the college level course, Rianna argued.

But trustees, including trustees Gail Nedbor-Gross, Karen Furguson, Rose Sekelsy and Mary Murphy, suggested perhaps it was better to offer both the Honors Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 and college credit course to let students decide what they would like to take.

Ultimately, the board voted to table College Anatomy and Physiology until the Jan. 13 meeting and they approved the other courses.