Shared Student Elective Courses
Over the course of the past several years, state requirements for high school graduation have increased (e.g. two years of foreign language, four years of mathematics), as have several mandates requiring teacher time during the school day. These obligations have required districts across the state to reduce or eliminate many of the student elective courses offered in previous years; however, both student and staff surveys identify elective courses as a need. These high interest courses offer students an opportunity to dive deeper into specific content areas or explore potential areas of interest.
The creation and availability of such elective courses fits perfectly into Brandywine’s vision of personalized learning. We believe that students should have access to learning experiences they find interesting and will have value and impact on their educational experience. As the District moves deeper into digital content, blended learning, and online learning, the creation and offering of such electives becomes realistic. Here again is where the power and potential of the BRINC Consortium comes into play. Not only will students have access to District developed and offered elective courses, but the possibility exists that our students could have access an array of electives being offered across the Consortium.