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Shaler Area adds College in High School courses

Friday, January 24, 2020 | 12:01 AM

Shaler Area High School students and their parents will find updated course offerings, especially regarding College in High School classes, when viewing the 2020-21 school year course catalog.

Through the CHS program, students earn concurrent high school and college credit for courses at a fraction of the cost that they would pay to take the same courses if enrolled as university students. The Shaler Area 2020-21 CHS classes are three college credits each.

“We are going to be partnering with the Community College of Allegheny County to expand our college in high school program, particularly to areas in art and welding for the next school year. These are areas that we typically have not had college in high school offerings for our students. And just as a reference point, three credits from CCAC for college in high school is about $178,” Assistant Superintendent Bryan O’Black said.

In addition to the metal fabrication course, Shaler Area will offer Honors Business & Management, also known as Introduction to Business & Management if students choose to take the class in conjunction with Carlow University’s CHS program.

The course will explore the field’s career options and general business concepts, management theories, entrepreneurship, ethics, economics and social responsibility. The creation of an abbreviated business plan will serve as a culminating activity.

Board member Eileen Phillips said she wanted to thank those responsible for adding the yearlong Sustainability elective through the University of Pittsburgh’s CHS program.

“It makes me very happy to see that,” she said.

“The goal of Sustainability involves examining energy and resource use in our own lives so that we can begin to understand the complex web of production, distribution and consequences of human society today,” according to the course description book.

Students will conduct experiments to examine environmental issues, and field trips will enhance classroom discussions. Students will conclude the year’s class by raising awareness for sustainability concepts and hosting a schoolwide “no impact week.”

Intro to World Politics is increasing to a full year and from 0.5 to 1 high school credits. The University of Pittsburgh CHS class may count as one of Shaler Area students’ four social studies credits.

“These students have this exceptional opportunity to garner credits from Carlow University, University of Pittsburgh and now CCAC prior to leaving our doors,” board Vice President April Kwiatkowski said. “I think that we need to make a concerted effort to make sure that every student has this opportunity and every student is aware of these opportunities because I guarantee you that you are not.”

A new standard high school course is The Language of Activism, a semester-long English language arts elective, exploring the role of “literature, language, writing and the media in the social justice movement throughout American history from the American Revolution, abolition, women’s rights, labor, civil rights, anti-war, LGBTQ, to current-day activism,” according to the course catalog.

The district is eliminating Business Law due to low enrollment and the implementation of Honors Business & Management CHS. Similarly, Intro to World Politics CHS course will replace Public Policy & International Affairs. Students may schedule Drama/Theater Arts 2 in lieu of Stage Craft.