06-11-14: Team to explore highly rigorous academic program options
06-11-14: Team to explore highly rigorous academic program options
Posted on 05/20/2014

A 16-member team of students, parents, community members, and educators has been formed to develop highly rigorous academic program options in grades 10 through 12 as an alternative to the traditional comprehensive high school experience.


The High School Academic Options Lead Team will begin meeting this month and plans to submit a report of its work and recommendations to the school board in October.


The district spent time earlier this school year meeting on North Hill with families, including parents of students identified as highly capable, to explore the idea of opening an international school for grades 10-12 on the Edgemont Junior High campus.


The lead team will build on that research by exploring a “best fit” for the Edgemont Junior High campus and community, according to the scope of work listed in its charter.


The newly formed group is also being charged with presenting the school board with a list of options explored during its meetings. When possible, the report will include an explanation of the benefits and challenges of each option.


The district is not considering building another high school as an option at this time, said Superintendent Tim Yeomans.


Additionally, the lead team will consider research under way by a study group made up of junior high and high school educators.


A Secondary Highly Capable Study Group has been exploring the possibility of initiating an International Baccalaureate (IB) program in this district.


The study group has already toured several Washington schools that offer the international education program and attended an IB training workshop.


Membership for the new High School Academic Options Lead Team includes:


Student representatives: Brady Berg, ninth grader at Kalles Junior High, and Alden Davison, seventh grader at Kalles Junior High.


Community representatives: Tana Hasart, Cliff Allo, and David Olson.


Teacher representatives: David Heagle, Carson Elementary; Billie Lane, Kalles Junior High; Amy Looker, Aylen Junior High; Kris Susee, Edgemont Junior High; and Annette Burnett, Puyallup High.


Counselor representative: Keva Jordan, Kalles Junior High.


School leadership representatives: Jack Widmann, Glacier View Junior High assistant principal in 2014-15; Kevin

Hampton, Carson Elementary principal in 2013-14 and Edgemont Junior High principal in 2014-15; and Eric Molver, Mt. View Elementary principal.


District representatives: Brian Lowney, chief academic officer of Regional Learning Community #3, and Mark Vetter, director of instructional leadership.