Opportunities available at Prairie High School
Increasingly, students attending Prairie High School are taking advantage of options available through Dual Credit offerings, the Region II Professional Technical Academy, IDLA and Tech Prep. Students are taking advantage of college credited courses while still in high school as well as opportunities made available in the academy for certifications.
Fifty six students enrolled in dual credit courses earning 339 credits.
Students are enrolling in spring semester courses and have a two week window to sign up for dual credits. Courses available for dual credit in the spring; Advanced Biology (BIOL175) 4 credits; Intro to Psychology (PSYCH101) 3 credits; Math 147 (MATH147) 5 credits; Math 137 (MATH137); Statistical Methods (MATH254), Survey of Art (ART100) 3 credits.
Dual credit teachers must be approved by LCSC as dual credit partners. Patty Hinkelman, Travis Mader, Sonesa Lundmark, Liz McLeod, Darbie Duclos are dual credit teachers.
Twenty two (22) students from Prairie High School and Summit Academy enrolled in various courses including: Keyboarding, Macroeconomics, French 1 and II, German, Intro to Law and Justice, Digital Photography, Physical Science, English III, Algebra I, English I.
Students take IDLA course work in a lab setting with a lab open 7 periods a day. Laurie Workman monitors students as they progress through the material and finish the courses. Students take courses for enrichment and some for credit recovery.
Students from twenty-two (22) high schools throughout the state are enrolled in these courses. Fall enrollment numbers show 252 students taking advantage of the medical online courses through the academy.
Prairie High School enrolled 30 students in the fall and has a current spring enrollment of 48.
FHP and Medical Terminology are the prerequisites that must be passed with 80% or better to qualify to take a clinical course. Clinical courses include: Nursing Assistant, Physical Therapy Aide, Pharmacy Technician and Health Unit Clerk. Each clinical course contains online coursework with clinical components (done outside of school time). Most clinical courses require at least 40 hours of clinical, which are completed at a designated health care facility. Once the student completes their clinical course they are eligible to sit for a state and/or national exam to earn their certification.
“I feel that it’s so important to take the college credits while in high school because it is so much cheaper here, I don’t have to pay for books, class sizes are smaller, and I receive more one-on-one help from my teachers” says Cassidy. “Dual credit classes are more difficult but the teachers know you personally and are always ready to help you succeed.”
Cassidy strongly recommends that students take the dual credit classes and feels they help ‘jump start’ your career.