Dexter High School Petitions School Board to Add AP Physics Class

The Dexter Board of Education will consider adding the new class for juniors and seniors next year.

Students at Dexter High School considering a career in engineering may soon have more class options before graduating.

The Dexter Community Schools Board of Education will consider the high school's request to add an AP Physics B class to the curriculum for the 2013-2014 school year at its meeting on Monday.

According to information provided to the board, the class will be offered to juniors and seniors who are looking for more math and science options.

"The addition of this course will appeal to university bound students interested in pursuing studies in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and may garner them university level credit or advanced standing for their work at Dexter High School," Kim Lund, International Baccalaureate coordinator wrote in a letter to the board.

According to the AP website, AP Physics B is divided into nine different sections: Newtonian mechanics, electricity and magnetism, fluid mechanics and thermal physics, waves and optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. The course is equivalent to a one-year college course with a laboratory component. The course will be discontinued and replaced with AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.

The decision to add an AP physics course is on tonight's Board of Education agenda as a discussion item only. No action will be taken. The cost of adding the class has not yet been determined, however Lund said on average, IB/AP science textbooks cost roughly $120 per book.

The board will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Creekside Intermediate School. A copy of the board's agenda can be downloaded on the district's website.

Shawn Letwin January 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM
A presentation is being made and NO COST information is available (other than a book- so how many at $120 each)? Will a new teacher need to be hired? Are there not enough sections in Physics to meet current demand? Does this proposed addition fulfill a gap/need for IP? Why add this class when the article states that it will be discontinued in 2014-2015 ("The course will be discontinued and replaced with AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 beginning in the 2014-2015 school year.")? Specifically how would it/ or would not possibly garner college credit? Is Lund the coordinator of the AP and IB programs? How about a report on how many out of district kids have indicated an interest in the Dexter IB program? How many of those are leaving the WISD consortium IB program? Does the current offering in Physics allow DCS graduates to pursue studies in STEM? Where are the new programs/initiatives desperately needed for the average DCS student? The board has cancelled 2 board meetings this year. The latest new initiative that I have seen related to board action is the desire to expand admin. They laid off almost all of the Building and Grounds people that maintained the DCS facilities, yet we need more admin positions in Copeland! The Dexter Difference! Another article being "published" that seems to be purely based on information provided by the district with little to no investigative reporting. Welcome to 21st century journalism.
Jim January 14, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Wow, somebody woke up crabby!
Daniel Lai January 14, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Shawn, The article is a preview article for tonight's meeting. When someone from the district can provide me more information, I will follow up with the story. Thanks, and try to have a nice day.
Shawn Letwin January 14, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Look forward to the follow-up article. ...crabby...try to have a nice day...let's just say...no...and never a problem...enjoy, take care and be well-Shawn


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