Sophomore English Exodus
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There are only 48 days of school left at Orcutt Academy, and Spartans are already planning for the future. While seniors are getting ready to head out, the lower classmen are preparing for the next school year- but this time their class registration has resulted in some unexpected news.
In recent weeks, sophomore students sat down with their counselors to map out their schedules for the upcoming year. Once all were completed, the class enrollment numbers revealed a shocking outcome. Surprisingly, the the counseling department says upwards of 75 sophomores do not plan on taking english at OA in the 2017-2018 school year.
Since the school opened its doors, there has never been a greater number of students choosing to take a required class outside of the campus. Instead of taking either the standard English 11 or the AP English 11 courses at OA, these students will be enrolled in the Allan Hancock equivalent class over the summer to gain a full year’s worth of English credit.
So far there is no explicit answer as to why students have chosen to forgo english at OA, but there are some reasonable theories. A couple of these include a chance to skip the annual Poetry Out Loud Competition, or an opportunity to gain college credit without having to take the AP test. To get a better idea of why the lower classmen have chosen alternative options for English, the Spartan Oracle sat down with sophomores Lacey Brayton and Jessica Dantzer who will be taking english at Allan Hancock next year.
During an interview, Lacey told the Spartan Oracle that she is not taking english at OA because she wants to get her, “general ed out of the way and potentially go to a university after high school”. With college approaching as she enters her junior year, Lacey felt that this would be the best way to get a head start on classes. This seems to be a common reason among the sophomore class because though many want college credit, they are not prepared for the challenge of an AP class.
Fellow sophomore, Jessica Dantzer, is also taking english at Allan Hancock so that she can, “knock out” some of her general education classes, among other reasons. Dantzer further based her decision on the fact that she wants to avoid teachers and she “does not want to participate in Poetry Out Loud.”
Moving forward, the question to be asked is whether or not this great English migration will continue in the future? Will class registration for English at OA continue to decrease, or is this just an odd year? Does this reflect positively on the English department’s ability to prepare students to work at the college level so early on? Will students be successful at the college level? How will this impact the English department? Will there be more electives offered? Will policy change and students forced into English classes?
The Spartan Oracle will keep a close eye on this possible trend.