Editors note: This is the first in a three-part series about new offerings at Cambridge Schools.
Providing more academic options for students has been an emphasis of the Cambridge City School District for the past five years. Students in the district during the 2021-2022 school year will have more choices to help them forward their academic careers.
In the past few years, the district brought back or added new programs and classes in addition to wrap-around services and student support services.
Partnerships with Muskingum Valley Health Centers, Vision-to-Learn, Allwell Behavioral Health Services, the Nutrition Group, and the city of Cambridge will continue to provide students with basic needs that otherwise may go unmet.
At the high school, Principal Jason Bunting has been focused on expanding the College Credit plus offerings. For several years, students who chose to take college courses would have to leave campus and commute to a nearby college campus. This year, students will have the option of taking sociology and psychology. Through support from a grant, two additional high school teachers will be credentialed to teach government and psychology for college credit.
College Credit Plus programs offered last school year included writing and rhetoric, and rrofessional writing through Ohio University, and biology through Zane State College.
The STEM lab was established last year and includes a drone pilot training course and introduction to advanced robotics course. A design lab/maker space program will be introduced next year. Two computer classes, Microsoft Applications and Google Suite, and introduction to computer science have been added to fulfill students’ technology requirements.
Another addition last year was the American Sign Language course that was offered as a foreign language credit. This year, French and culture classes in the world languages department will be added.
Other courses being developed include industrial technology II, family consumer sciences, and advanced placement computer science. Drama/theatre will be re-introduced to the high school.
The high school also continues to provide students with experiential learning options. Helped by Career Navigator Lovel Quinn and the guidance department, students can receive career training.
Next year, five students will be participating in the plumbers and pipefitters pre-apprenticeship program, while other students will be taking welding certification and STNA classes at Belmont College.
“Providing more options for students at both the high school and the middle school provides them with more opportunities to explore and experience more potential options for their futures,” Superintended Coffman said. “We are offering many opportunities that we were not offering five years ago. I am excited about the additional academic offerings now available, but this is only the beginning as we plan to continue to add options for our students.”
Submitted by John Charlton with Cambridge City School District.