Board approves 2016-17 campus course sequences

Board approves 2016-17 campus course sequences


The STISD Board of Directors approved the course sequences for the 2016-17 school year for all six STISD campuses during the April 26 board meeting.  

STPA and the Science Academy had no proposed changes to their course sequences for the coming year. 

BETA proposed the addition of two new Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses to its technology track – Civil Engineering and Architecture and Principles of Engineering – and one language course – American Sign Language – all three of which were approved by the board.  

The addition of the PLTW courses will enrich the technology track, providing other options for BETA students seeking the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) endorsement.  Through Civil Engineering & Architecture, students learn how to apply knowledge and skills gained about various aspects of civil engineering and architecture to the design and development of a property. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects through work using 3-D architecture design software. 

The Principles of Engineering is an engineering survey course designed to expose students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study.  Through this course, students will employ engineering and scientific concepts in the solution of engineering design problems, developing their problem-solving skills and applying their knowledge of research and design to create solutions to various challenges.   The course will also allow students the opportunity to explore engineering and high-tech careers and communicate with members of the professional community.  

BETA will also offer three American Sign Language (ASL) courses.  Students who take these courses will become more knowledgeable and develop their skills toward proficiency in ASL. These skills are valuable in business, professional and personal life.   

Medical Academy proposed a new Ophthalmic Assistant certification program. With approval from the board, Medical Academy will be the first high school in the nation to offer this certification program. 

Because this is a senior level course, it will be limited to no more than 30 students.  Seniors will have the opportunity to experience different competencies of an Ophthalmic Assistant through externships with local eye clinics.  Some of these competencies are: patient history, visual acuity measurement, refractometer measurement, tonometry measurement, measure pupil size and reactivity, test and measure eye muscle function, corneal topography and retinal nerve fiber layer measurement.

Students will have the opportunity to sit for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant (COA) exam after completion of course work and clinical rotations. 

Moving forward, Medical Academy is in the process of becoming an accredited education program from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). 

Med High proposed four new elective courses.  New to the social studies curriculum are two new Advanced Placement (AP) courses for sophomores, juniors and seniors — European History and Human Geography.  

New to the Physical Education curriculum is Exercise Physiology, a year-long elective for juniors and seniors.  This TEA-approved course allows students to “…explore the world of exercise physiology by gaining knowledge and skills to properly design a program for themselves and other populations in the various stages of life culminating in a project that focuses students on developing three-month plans and applying their learning in real-world applications.”   

After successful completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to pursue the entry-level certification as a personal trainer, adding another certification option to the Med High curriculum. 

Med High is also adding Environmental Systems to its list of offerings.  This year-long elective course will prepare a needed foundation for freshmen and sophomore students taking advanced science courses such as AP Biology and Environmental Science.