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Students and teachers of WGHS share their experiences with the new Spring schedule this year. They dive into transferring from classes and how it affects the classroom.
by Ansleigh Hester, Ari Carreon, Emma Dickens, Cameron Parker
Student Opinions On Class Changes
The quickness and efficiency of the counselors helped students get the right classes.
Tenth grader Davis Gray elaborates on how he switched his APUSH class (Advanced Placement U.S. History). “I asked my counselor, and she got it changed by the end of the day.” Counselors make it top priority when a student wants to change a class for a reasonable purpose.
Senior Dairion Peters states that, “I didn’t really have any complications. It was really simple. I just emailed my counselor and they changed it.” With one email he was able to change his schedule.
Kylie Hutchins (10th grader) relates with the accessibility about communicating with counselors. She transferred from LCA to WGHS for her 10th grade year, and unfortunately, some of her credits didn’t transfer when moving schools. “I filled out the form, and [Mrs. McCollum] said I could bump down advanced Chemistry for regular Chemistry.”
Teacher’s Opinion On Schedule Change
Although schedule changes affect primarily students, it also affects teachers as well. Mr. McGinty, who teaches language arts, talks about his view about schedule changes, “Sometimes I gain a student that adds value to the class... When I lose a student, it tends to be a quiet kid that gets straight A’s.”
Ms. Doolittle, who teaches Geometry, adds to students switching schedules. “I've probably had only 2 leave this semester. A lot of times in the fall semesters I have a lot more change in my classes because there are a lot of new students [which causes more schedule changes than the Spring semester].”
The “Glows and Grows” of the Schedule Change Process
There are a number of pros and cons to changing classes. Aaron Lane states, “It took maybe 5 minutes. I went into the counselor's office and she changed it right there on the spot.” The upside is that whenever you meet the counselor face to face, the classes get changed almost immediately. However, when you email them it takes a couple days, to a week because they are dealing with the sheer number of students in the school, the number of students who also need a schedule change, and the other workload counselors have to face. Aaron explains, “I had to transfer out of Spanish 2 because I had to fit an Algebra class in (a requirement for the 11th grade). I didn't have room for a lot of fun classes in my schedule… most of them are required classes.”
Future Pathways and Classes
Students have many plans (class wise) for the future. Davis Gray states, “I wanted to do work based learning. I signed up for it [this semester], but I didn’t get it. I would like to do that in the future.” Dairion Peters also wanted to do AP Art, but because he is graduating, he is unable to do so.
Hopefully, many will receive the pathways they want for the 2024-2025 school year.
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