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Greencastle-Antrim High School changing Program of Studies

December 10, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Greencastle-Antrim High School will make some significant changes to its Program of Studies in the 2010 school year in an effort to expand future options for students.

Every December, the high school administration proposes changes to the Program of Studies to the Greencastle-Antrim School Board, which unanimously approved the changes Dec. 3.

Compiling the changes requires a cooperative effort among high school faculty and staff, Principal Ed Rife said.

Among changes proposed for 2010 were the addition of a new nursing program exclusively for GAHS students, he said.

GAHS will partner with Summit Health and the Franklin County Career and Technology Center to pilot a progressive nursing education program aimed at keeping nursing education local.

The RN Pathways Fast-Track Program begins in 11th grade for selected students, Rife explained.

Only four select students will be welcomed into the program in 2010, which builds upon the Health Career Institute program at the FCCTC, he said.

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"The basis is to provide progressive education to students who wish to pursue a nursing education certificate locally," he said.

A key component of the new program that starts next fall is that upon graduation, students will be placed in accelerated LPN and RN programs at Chambersburg Hospital.

Until the success of the RN Pathways Fast-Track Program is gauged, no other school will participate in the program, Rife said.

The GAHS music department will also take a critical step forward in 2010, when ninth-grade band and chorus move to the beginning of the day.

Rife said moving the classes to earlier in the day positions the high school to offer a ninth-grade academy model for community learning in the future.

For now, the move puts ninth-grade band and chorus in line with 10-12 grade programming, freeing freshman students to choose additional courses during the seventh period, he said.

Also scheduled to change are math, French and social studies programs.

GAHS will offer integrated math for students struggling with the transition to algebra, French II for students wishing to continue studying the romantic language and both interpretive and experience-based courses in world and American history.

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