From being able to repair a leaky pipe to solving advanced mathematical equations, Steamboat Springs High School Principal Dave Schmid and his staff want to provide their students with every opportunity to prepare themselves for success in the post-graduation world.
But relatively small secondary schools such as Steamboat's public high school face challenges -- namely financial -- when it comes to supplying diverse and extensive course offerings.
Still, Schmid looks through the school's 54-page registration guide, which includes four new classes among the nearly 100 offered, with muted satisfaction.
"I think, for a small school, we offer a pretty good variety of (classes)," Schmid said, one day after student registration began for the 2004-05 school year.
The detailed registration process started Wednesday and will continue through next week, when school staff members will meet individually with the parents of every student.
The process includes a thorough look at student transcripts and personalized advice tailored to a student's future goals, Schmid said.
The registration guide includes graduation requirements, grading and scheduling information, college entrance requirements, college credit opportunities and detailed class offerings information more reminiscent of a college course guide than one provided by a public high school.
The guide features a survey of career interest areas that can help students pinpoint career paths that may best suit their abilities and interests. Students can use the results of the survey to help them pick high school courses that will help prepare them for that particular path.
It's all part of a registration process school officials have attempted to personalize to a greater extent over the years, Schmid said.
The school held an open house Thursday night for incoming freshmen and their parents to explore the school and meet with teachers and counselors.
Students enrolling in classes for next year will be able to take advantage of new courses including home repair and renovation, which will provide students helpful techniques for painting, hanging shelves, fixing leaky faucets and even performing basic car maintenance. Another new course, directed study in Web design, provides students the chance to build and update the school's Web site while learning advanced Web design programs and applications.
The courses were suggested and approved by the school's Curriculum Committee, which is comprised of teachers, students, Parent Information Committee representatives and school administrators.
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