HUBER HEIGHTS — Two sizable honors geometry classes at Wayne High School have some parents wondering why the classes are so large.
According to Huber Heights City Schools Superintendent Susan Gunnell, the second period class had 30 students from Wayne with three additional students who come from Weisenborn Junior High School also joining that class who are taking accelerated coursework. She indicated that the sixth period class has 36 students.
Gunnell said those numbers are higher than they would like.
“…We only have two sections and we have that many students who are capable of taking that honors class,” said Gunnell.”So, we certainly want to make sure they all have that opportunity to take the honors geometry.”
Gunnell said counselors have been looking through schedules, but noted that it’s not just as easy as switching from one period to the other as some students may be taking a different class that is only offered at that same time as one of the honors geometry class.
“The counselors and the high school administration continue to look at some of those high pockets of numbers and try to move things around as possible,” said Gunnell. “What we don’t want is to say to somebody if they’re already in the class for that honors geometry or any other class, that they can’t remain in there.”
Gunnell said there are goals for class size, but there are times when the size will go above that target. She said the goal for elementary is 25 students to one teacher. She indicated that at the secondary level, 25:1 is the target, but normally ranges in the 25 to 28 students to teacher range.
“There’s a few pockets here and there where there might be 29, there might be 30 to 32; and like I said, its sometimes just the way the schedule is to where we can’t move kids around,” said Gunnell.
Gunnell said in the seventh to 12 grade program, there is an emphasis on developing opportunities for students to take advanced or honors classes or AP classes and now, College Credit Plus classes. Concerning the new requirements for College Credit Plus, Gunnell said there are about 93 students taking English and receiving college credit for it at the high school, taught by a staff member who is an adjunct identified through Sinclair Community College.
“As we continue to try to move kids so they can move through those pathways…we adjust schedules, so a teacher that last year might not have been teaching any college credit courses, now they’re teaching three or four sections of that,” said Gunnell. “Well that then takes maybe a section out that they might have been doing for an honors class, so we’re trying to balance all of those pathways and the College Credit plus, the student actually is getting college credit for that. In the new law that college credit is transferable to any public university or college in Ohio, so the goal would be we could have kids leaving high school depending on when they started taking a college credit, of having two years of an associate’s degree done before they ever leave high school.”