Area students and parents are invited to Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School's annual Advanced Academics Showcase, an evening to explore the school's wide array of higher-level courses. The showcase will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., beginning in the school's Mall Auditorium.
Named one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by the Washington Post, Homewood-Flossmoor has a proud tradition of providing rigorous coursework for students, while also providing academic support through counseling and free tutoring when needed. There are many advantages for students who take on these challenging classes, says Superintendent Dr. Von Mansfield, and the school is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students in these classes through its involvement with the Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) Lead Higher Initiative.
“Students who accept this challenge get a head start on college-level work, they develop college-ready study habits, they expand their educational horizons and build a solid intellectual foundation,” he says. “So many students show potential for success in these higher-level classes, but for one reason or another, they do not register for them. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to changing that for the future.”
The showcase will also include a presentation on the college-admissions process, moderated by H-F’s College Consultants Brad Kain and Kevin Coy and featuring representatives from St. Louis University (Stephanie Szczepanski), the University of Illinois (Mayra Lagunas) and Syracuse University (Robert Walton). Also, current H-F students will share their own advanced academic experiences.
Current and future H-F students are encouraged to attend the event as a way to learn more about the following 2017-18 classes’ curricula, prerequisite courses and end-of-year exams:
• Advanced Placement (AP) — Art History; Biology; Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Chemistry; Computer Science A; Computer Science Principles; Economics; English Language & Composition; English Literature & Composition; Environmental Science; European History; French Language & Culture; Human Geography; Music Theory; Physics 1; Physics 2; Physics C; Psychology; Spanish Language & Culture; Statistics; Studio Art; U.S. Government & Politics; U.S. History; and World History.
• Project Lead the Way (PLTW) — Civil Engineering & Architecture; Digital Electronics; Engineering Design & Development; Introduction to Engineering Design; and Principles of Engineering.
• International Baccalaureate (IB) — SL Art; SL Economics; HL English Language & Literature 1; HL English Language & Literature 2; SL French; HL Math 1 - Calculus AB; HL Math 1 - Calculus BC; HL Math 2 Advanced Math Topics; SL Music; HL Physics 1; HL Physics 2; SL Spanish; Theory of Knowledge 1; and Theory of Knowledge 2.
• Media, Visual & Performing Arts (MVP) — Aesthetics & the Creative Process Across the Arts; and the Collaborative Arts Seminar.