Plan the Ideal School

Yesterday, we talked about extending high school.

Let’s do something a little different today.  Each tutor is going to lead a small group discussing the following prompt.  

You have been asked to design the curriculum of an new, experimental high school.

There are no limits to what you can plan or decide.

As a group, you should decide on the details of each category in the group, but each individual should be given one category to write about

The first order of business is to decide on your school name, school colors, and mascot.  This should take no more than five minutes and be decided by majority vote.  The tutor has final say.

Next, discuss what you want your school to be like in terms of the following categories

  1. Enrollment and Infrastructure (How many students? Where would the school be located?  What would the buildings be like?  What would the floorplan be like? Classrooms?  No classrooms?)
  2. Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum (What kinds of English, History, Psychology, and similar classes would be required?  Why?)
  3. STEM Curriculum (What kinds of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics classes would be required? Why?)
  4. Extracrurricular Activities and Athletics (What kinds of activities and athletics would be offered? Would any be mandatory? Why or why not?  Why are these things part of school life?)
  5. Schedule and Staffing (When would the school day start?  When would the school day end?  What would the school year be like?  Why are these things important?)
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    1. 3. First and mandatorily Physic load of physic and Engineering, we are going to build things and create stuffs over there. For instance, build a swimming pool in a earth gravity-like room as well as other sports’ facilities and fields.

      Secondly math self explanatory, you are going to do a lot of physic and engineering so you need math.

      Lastly it is in-between chemistry and technology because we have to find ways to produce oxygen directly over there.

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    2. 5. 1 semester per 4 lunar cycles. 4 semesters in 16 lunar cycles. The teachers would be certified trained astronauts, so they would understand how science works on the moon and wouldn’t be new to it. Moon high school would start according to earth’s calendar, so it would start August 25th and the first semester around Earth’s Christmas. The national day for the moon discovery would be Jan 13. Jeel WILL be the one and only dean.

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    3. 2. History of the moon, Art of the moon, English, Psychology, Astronomy, and Science. These are the subjects students need to learn to build up their knowledge because it’s a regular school even though it’s in the moon.

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    4. 1. Our school is located on the Moon as suggested by the name. Our limit would be 800 students in total, limiting 200 per grade level. Class sizes would ideally be 15 students. Our school looks like a regular high school, except it’s got a dome over it to prevent students who go outside to die. It’d have oxygen or something like that in there.

      Artificial gravity would take place but it would be possible to turn it off for a room. But you could only turn it off if you can answer a really hard physics problems and show work so only the teachers would be able to. Plus security cameras at the artificial gravity switches. But maybe the hallways would be zero/moon gravity so the kids could have fun.

      There would be a gymnasium, a student dormitory (since we don’t want to waste the tax payer’s money), and the main building where classes would happen.

      The gymnasium would be gravity full time but if you wanted to do moon athletics, you’d do that outside in the dome. We would have to selectively send our sports teams for certain meets since we don’t want to waste tax payer money or we’ll keep them down from the moon to represent us and they’ll do their studies on the computer. Our sports teams would be named after space bodies and moon like things.

      The student dorms would be separated by gender since we don’t want moon babies. You will be kicked out of moon school if you get someone or are pregnant since we don’t want babies to be born on the moon.

      The school cafeteria would be 24/7 since all the kids need to eat and there is no Moon 7/11s yet. The school library as well would be open 24/7 since these kids will constantly slack off on their homework. There would be wifi.

      Classrooms would look like an up to date high school I suppose. It just looks like a normal high school and is on the inside except for modifications for space living. It would probably be drilled into the moon’s surface. Anything serious would be drilled down for both moon gravity and regular gravity.

      To get in the school you have to: speak English, one of the best students in your country, write an essay about why you deserve/want to go to the moon, desire to be involved with NASA and space related things once graduated, 3 recommendation letters and pass a psychological examination. There would be a test involving zero gravity and moon gravity to see how well they fare in moon conditions and a test in confined areas for long periods of time since they’d be stuck on the moon. This process would begin when someone is near high school age.

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    5. We offer dancing, music, soccer, badminton, basketball, tennis. Any activity is not mandatory because we don’t want to force it upon them. These activities are part of our school life because they are suppose to direct us toward our goal or helps us realize that do we want to make this our profession or not.

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    1. 1. We think that the enrollment number should 1,000 students. The school should be located in Downtown Chicago. The school will have 3 floors separating classrooms. First floor: Math, second: English and world languages, and third: Science and Social Studies. In order for student enrollment we would have a placement test to place students into their classes.

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    2. Curriculum:
      English- Freshman: survey Lit, Sophomore: Brit Lit, Junior: American Lit, Seniors: their choice
      We chose survey lit because its lower level and they can build off it. Brit lit was chosen because its a little more advanced. American lit was chosen because it can tie everything they learned prior together. Seniors can choose to take an English class or another class.

      Social Sciences and Humanities : Freshman- world history, Soph- Geography, Junior- US history, Senior- Modern american or Government
      Some other classes offered are Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology
      In our School Humanities is required because it gives more human interaction.

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      1. 3. Science: Freshman: Biology: It is the intro to the study of life, Sophomores: Chemistry: it gets them prepared for any future careers. Juniors: Physics: applying Math and Science together. Lastly, Seniors: Anatomy and Physiology because it all depends on the career path students choose to pursue. The Math classes for each level are Freshman: Algebra because it is a required course which helps to review concepts from 8th grade. Sophomores: Geometry, Juniors: Algebra trig, and Senior year: College Algebra, Statistics. or Calculus. All are graduation requirements.

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      2. 4. Athletics at are school would be basketball, soccer and football because it is a common sport in a lot of high schools. Tennis because it is an interesting sport that a lot of teens never participated in before. Boxing because it is not a sport where a lot of high school or none high schools have. Activities at are school would be CPR club because it would be a life experience for students. These athletics and activities would not be mandatory but only available to those students who have grades higher than a c and a 75 percent school attendance because it would show students how to be responsible. International club would be an activity for students could know about different cultures and ethnicities.

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    3. Scheduling: 8:20 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
      Staff are required to arrive to school before students for preparation purposes. Throughout the day they will have their schedules based on what subjects they teach.
      First day of school: September 9th. Last day: June 16th. We would have normal vacation days such as winter break, spring break, Thanksgiving.

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    1. Sports: Cross Country, Track & Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Swimming, Mountain Biking, Velodrome Biking, Dodge ball, Soccer, Ice Hockey, Floor Hockey, Basketball, Row Team, Paintball Team.

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      1. Requirements: Must have three years of English and language. If you don’t take a language you have to take four years Spanish/French. Two years of history. Must have three years of math and four years of science. Classes: Honors, A.P., Double A.P., Ludacris A.P. (Triple A.P.)

        English: Film and Literature, World Mythology, Hip Hop/Slam Poetry, Science Fiction and Fantasy, The Mystery: Unlocking Its Secrets, Psychology and Literature, Modern Fiction, World Mythology, Acting and Drama and Improve.

        Math: Algebra, Geometry, Probability and Statistics, Pre Calculus, Calculus. Stem students have to do statistics and Calculus for one year each, Complex Analysis (Stem must take at least one year of this), Dynamical Systems, Number Theory, Multivariable Calculus.

        History: African history, Latin history, Native American History, Anime History, Chicago History, U.S. History, Sports History, Graffiti History, Technology History (because our technology keeps on evolving), History of Life (By aliens and humans perspective), War History. History of All Viruses/Diseases.

        Psychology: Alien, Human, Animal psychology.

        Language’s: English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, alien languages, Yiddish, hieroglyphics, dead language, animal language, sign language, Chinese, Japanese, Korean (Both north/south dialectic), insect language, Mayan language. Etc. (every countries language)

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    2. 1)20,000 Not all students are going to play a sport but more than likely there will be a portion that will and that way there will be a selection to choose from. The location will be mid of downtown because it will allow for there to be a very diverse population from different cultures and backgrounds. 2 Buildings 4 floors each with 100 classrooms and seniors and freshman in one building and sophomores and juniors in another so that the 2 hardest years can be put together and the newbies can learn from those that are leaving.

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    3. 4.)Extracurricular activities and athletics. Swimming should be mandatory for the fact that people would learn how to swim for free basically at school. They would know how to swim and not drown. Track & Field, kayaking, soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, tennis, and bowling. gymnastics, cheerleading, surfing, and scuba diving.
      5.)Schedule and Staffing. The day would start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.
      The school would have clubs going on everyday. Lunch you can go out of campus to eat and lunch would be for an hour.

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    4. Let’s do something a little different today. Each tutor is going to lead a small group discussing the following prompt.

      You have been asked to design the curriculum of an new, experimental high school.
      There are no limits to what you can plan or decide.
      As a group, you should decide on the details of each category in the group, but each individual should be given one category to write about
      The first order of business is to decide on your school name, school colors, and mascot. This should take no more than five minutes and be decided by majority vote. The tutor has final say.

      4. Extracurricular Activities and Athletics (What kinds of activities and athletics would be offered? Yes! Extracurricular Activities and Athletics would be offered to Logan High it would have to be mandatory the Activities and Athletics would give the student a changes to go a college or University.? Why? Logan High will give them a basic of a institution for teaching and study in the higher branches of Math, English, Social Studies. Why are these things part of school life? These things will give the student a changes to live alone. Be independent!

      5. Schedule and Staffing; The school day start schedule is Monday thought Friday: 8:00am-3:00pm and (Sport Day: Saturday: 9:00am-12:00pm). Logan High school days will end at 3:00 o’clock sharp no early no later. And sport days at 5:00pm. What would the school year be like? The school year be like any other school orientation. Why are these things important ; These things will give the student a changes to live alone. Be independent!

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    5. The STEM curriculum classes that will be required to take for science will be; earth science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. these classes are required because it can give knowledge and environmental skills that are necessary for survival. Engineering classes would be Drawing skills and designing. these classes can give a image of what life can be like if you draw it. Technology classes may include automotive and computer skills. Mathematics involve pre-calculus, algebra, statistics, and geometry. These classes develop knowledge that can help students evolve knowledge in mathematics. all of these classes are required survival after high school. Logan High challenges students mentally so this can help them overcome life challenges for the world out there. Bright mind bright future.

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    6. 2.I don’t think English shouldn’t be a question to have as a requirement in a students schedule because it is a very important class which would help you to be able to write properly and express your thoughts into words. English should be in a students last 3 years in the high school so that they could prepare for writing in the real life at work and for their own career.
      Psychology should also be a required in a students schedule during one of their last 3 years of high school as well because it is a really amazing subject in which you get to know a lot about yourself emotionally, mentally and physically. It also would help you take better decisions in life.
      4. In this high school a variety of sports would be offered. Soccer (both genders), football, basketball (both genders), baseball (both genders), volleyball (both genders), softball (both genders), rugby (both genders), tae kwon do (both genders), track and field (both genders), swimming (both genders), water polo (both genders). Being in a sports team would be mandatory because the school should be known for having good healthy alethic students with good sportsmanship. Also students that put the most dedication and passion into their sport/s while also being good students (grade & attendance) will get Good scholarships for their career and sport they chose to become a professional in.

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  1. I would keep the campus nice and small because it would create more bonds within people, people would be more familiar with each other and the campus would have a safe community.

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    1. Our week would be 4 days long. Longer hours 7:30-4:30. And on Fridays an open all day if help is needed. Our school would be from The day after Labor (just like it use to be) Until the middle of June. Summer classes would be available to students that wanted them. Approx. 850 students and 60 teachers. longer hours and shorter weeks is always a good thing. Will give you time to catch up on homework or just hand out for a 3 day weekend. Smaller school would be nice, so it not so crowded in the halls. You could get more time with a teacher if needed.

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    2. Enrollment and Infrastructure: their would be a max of 850 students,
      school would be located in the middle of down town where you can get a beautiful view.
      the building would be 4 floors with 5 elevators their would be 55 classrooms first floor would have freshman’s second floor would have sophomore third would be juniors and fourth would be seniors it would have 2 gyms and 2 lunchrooms their would be a football / soccer field

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  2. Just the regular requirements when graduating high school would be necessary for the classes of our school. Math, English, Social Studies and History are a few in order to achieve credit hours.

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    1. #1

      Name of the High School: Lionel High School
      High School Colors & Mascot: Red and White Lions
      Number of Students: 300-400
      Building Layout: 4 story building with Classrooms
      1 Math
      2. Arts
      3. Science
      4. Extra- Circular

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      1. 300-400 Students to have more of an 1 on 1 base with your teachers.

        each floor should have its own subject to have its own established place so the students would know where each classroom is located.

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    2. Topic ⅔
      Since I am combining two topics together, allow me to answer the first question, actually no allow me to answer neither question, as you would expect. Of course, I want the average American High School classes, such as English, Math, Science, and History. However each year, the student, would level up in each class, depending on where they test (freshman year) or depending on what they wish to take (Sophomore-Senior year). The first year, I would highly recommend that the freshmen take their level of english, unless they are able to test into a higher level. The same would go for the other classes such as Science, History, Math, etc. I want the students, to challenge themselves to do better. I want them to realize that if they test into AP science, or English (etc,) that it’s a privilege, I want them to realize how lucky they are to be where they are. As the student progresses I want them to realize the path that they have paved for themselves, from Freshmen year till their Senior year has been worth all the blood and sweat they were willing to sacrifice in order to become successful.

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    3. ANOUAR
      4/Extracurricular Activities and Athletics: Boxing, Baseball, basketball, chess, yoga, kendo,
      Boxing because it helpful for teenagers to learn to defend themselves, and become stronger.
      And make the student more active, interactive and discover hidden talent.
      Chess makes their minds more challenging and competitive.
      YOGA can help them get all their thoughts together, and it’s a stress relief, very helpful during exams.

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    4. 5) In Lionel Prep High School the school hours are 9 to 3:30 Monday to Friday. We want our time 9 instead of 8 because we want all students to be there on time.We want semesters in are school year. We want semester to prepare our students for college.

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      1. we chose mechanical engineering because it is very unique to be able to get jobs in the market. It can also help students become successful and fulfill their dreams due to the fact that teachers are their to give there knowledge and experience to help student succeed in engineering.

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    1. Madagascar is where its going to be cause its beautiful there , its going to like a pokeyball cause we want to people to know its going to be fun there, Yes we are going to have class rooms cause its a school.

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    2. The most required classes we have in our school is Math, Science and English. Why? because we think that this classes are the most basic and helpful for the students get through high school and it will also help students in the future to get into college. It’s also culture.

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    3. we do not have a schedule cause we want it to be random cause like collage, mps staffing cause its where were from, in our school we would end at 3;45 pm cause its toward the end of the day and cause we want are students to be more educated and stay with friends ,We would go by semesters cause it would be a lot of fun, they are important cause there things we need to know in out daily life.

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  3. LIONEL Prep HIGH SCHOOL
    Red + white, Lion ANOUAR
    4/Extracurricular Activities and Athletics: Boxing, Baseball, basketball, chess, yoga, kendo,
    Boxing because it helpful for teenagers to learn to defend themselves, and become stronger.
    And make the student more active, interactive and discover hidden talent.
    Chess makes their minds more challenging and competitive.
    YOGA can help them get all their thoughts together, and it’s a stress relief, very helpful during exams.

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