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Downers Grove

District 99 considers new courses for next year

DOWNERS GROVE – Department chairs from North and South high schools recommended several new courses at the Dec. 2 District 99 School Board meeting, including new Advanced Placement options and math courses designed to prepare students for the new "Common Core" learning standards.

The board will likely vote Dec. 16 whether or not to approve the new courses.

Math chairs at both school recommended a new course, Math 2, which would replace the Geometry 200, 300 and 400 courses. The new class will also further integrate with the Math 1 course, according to the chairs, bringing the curriculum more in line with the new Common Core learning standards.

Math 1 is currently in the curriculum. The chairs also proposed Math 2s, which would be an extended course for students needing more help, in addition to a Math 2 Honors course.

Several other department chairs also proposed new courses at the meeting.

Science chairs Karen Eder and Mike Heinz recommend adding AP Environmental Science. Graduating students have requested environmental science courses on school exit surveys, they said. The new course would be for juniors and seniors.

Social Studies Chairs Chris Esposito and Jill Rose recommended a Multicultural Studies in American Society elective course for juniors and seniors.

The course would expose students to the experiences of African American, Asian American, Native American and Latino minority groups, among others in the U.S. The chairs said minority parent groups at both schools and the DuPage Regional Office of Education recommend the content be included in curriculum.

Career and Technical Education Chair Mark Mirandola recommended adding a Digital Tools and Communication course.

Fine Arts Chair Brayer Teague proposed adding AP Music Theory.

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