Expectations Are On the Rise at QHS
For those sitting in the QHS Auditorium this morning, there were some nice surprises. QHS Principal Howard Savage, Jr. presented each student with a sheet of paper listing all the potential class offerings for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
The listing is yet to have final School Board approval, but Savage wanted his students to know that expectations are rising. Next year’s class offerings have five new dual credit courses expected to be offered through William Carey University. In addition to the now offered College Algebra, College Trigonometry, English Composition I, and English Composition II, Quitman High School plans to give General Biology, General Psychology, Music Appreciation, U.S. History to 1865, and U.S. History Since 1865 as options.
Savage announced to the crowd, “I want every student who graduates to have at least one college course completed.” Considering William Carey University requires all dual enrollment students to have a minimum 2.5 GPA along with a 20 on their ACT, students were starting to realize the potential that their new principal sees. He added, “There are no excuses. We have great students here.”
In addition to the new dual credit courses, QHS administration plans to add many more advanced placement options as well. Advanced Placement Psychology, Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Calculus, Advanced Placement U.S. Government and Economics, and Advanced Placement World History are added to the already offered Advanced Placement English 11, Advanced Placement Chemistry, and Advanced Placement U.S. History classes.
Next year’s students can choose a debate class or learn French as well as Spanish. They can participate in theater, take an ACT Prep II course, or explore their interest in an Introduction to Engineering class. As the schedule expands QHS Counselor Lasaundra King explains, “I’m excited about all the new things we are doing here at the high school. There are going to be so many more opportunities offered to our students. We are doing things now that are happening at some of the top schools in the state.”
QHS senior Jay Wilson says of the new schedule, “I wish I would have had some of these choices.” Of course, what is happening at Quitman High School is only adding to the impressive options Jay and his classmates already had. Automotive Mechanics, Broadcast Journalism, Culinary, Early Childhood Education, Forestry, and Health Science are going to continue to be offered through the Clarke County Career Tech Center.
Principal Savage is making good on a promise he made at the beginning of the school year. He told those new eager faces that expectations were going to rise. He was going to meet with every one of them, and he was going to challenge them. Now it’s the students’ turn. They told him with their cheers how they could perform for someone who believed in them.