By Cristy Edwards | Maxwell Unified School District
Maxwell Unified School District has expanded course offerings for the 2016-2017 school year as part of their Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) strategies. This expansion will allow for increased schedule flexibility and multiple options for students to find his or her own best pathway. The goal of this expansion is to increase student engagement along with improved empowerment for students to create their own educational experiences. Starting this fall students can take new business courses including Computer Applications and Coding, Marketing, Accounting, and Graphic Design. Other courses added to the Maxwell High School schedule include Advanced English, Creative Writing, Honors Government, and Woodshop. Spanish I, II, and III are offered at Maxwell with the goal of a future Spanish IV. Spanish will also be offered at the junior high level as an elective course. Additionally, as part of the flexibility program, Maxwell High School added courses to accommodate individuals who need extra support in reading along with Credit Recovery classes. There will also be access to online courses throughout the school day for students wishing to explore educational coursework outside of Maxwell. Maxwell High School has 11 teachers, three of which also teach classes at Maxwell Junior High School. This allows for small class sizes and personalized instruction for the approximately 100 high school students.
Maxwell High School is also pursuing the creation of a Maxwell Ag Academy. With the receipt of four grants, totaling approximately $267,000.00, Maxwell will be concentrating on creating a top of the line agricultural program. The 5-year plan includes refurbishing the Greenhouse and building a new Livestock Barn. This expansion builds upon last year’s purchases of a plasma cutter and new welders for the Agriculture Department. The grant money has helped facilitate the creation of an Ag Mechanics/Welding Career Pathway and will be used to create a Crop Science Career Pathway in the near future. Additional agricultural classes added to the schedule are Ornamental Horticulture, Agricultural Biology, Animal Science, and Agricultural Business. All of these new agriculture classes are A-G certified to assist students who plan to pursue a major in Agriculture when they enroll in college.