Londonderry High School’s Program of Studies has received unanimous School Board approval.
LHS Principal Jay Parent said at the Tuesday night, Jan. 7, School Board meeting that the high school builds sections of the master schedule around student course selections and that staff works closely with students during the process.
“Last year we had 23,142 course requests; 97.3 percent of those were granted,” Parent said.
He termed that a credit to the people who help build the schedule.
He noted continued revision of course titles and descriptions to align them with the Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) course syllabi for dual enrollment courses. There are no new course proposals for next year, Parent said.
Last year, six new courses were approved – four electives, a technology sampler, strength and conditioning, healthy lifestyles and woodworking – and two SNHU courses, college composition and creative writing. Nine courses are offered for next year that are aligned with the SNHU syllabi.
“Those classes are Spanish 1 and 2, French 1 and 2, Parenting and Children, World Geography and Human Relations. Two more are pending, Public Speaking and Music Theory,” he said. For those courses, students pay $100 to earn three college credits for each course each semester.
He said 176 students are currently enrolled in the SNHU courses.
“It certainly aligns with the tradition that we’ve had before, which was the Running Start courses in the community college system of New Hampshire,” Parent said. “We have 16 Running Start classes and our current enrollment in those programs is just over 200, so those students have the opportunity to earn dual credit in courses like Accounting 1, Anatomy Physiology, Computer Science, Biotechnology, Calculus, Computer Maintenance Repair, Digital Electronics, Art of Teaching, Fundamentals of College Algebra, Macro Economics, Honors Physics, Engineering, Marketing, Principles of Engineering and Visual Basic.”
In addition, LHS offers 11 Advanced Placement courses, which are currently taken by 478 students.