Exeter Unified School District board upgrades Spanish, leadership classes to help students with college credit, and college admissions
EXETER – Exeter Unified High School isn’t sure if classes will be in person or online this fall, but some of those classes will streamline the effort for students wanting to earn college credit.
At its May 13 meeting, the Exeter Unified School District board approved two classes that will replace existing classes.
AP Spanish Language and Culture will replace Spanish 4 to better prepare students for the Advanced Placement test, where students can earn college credits based on their score. The class will replace EUHS’ Spanish IV, a more rigorous course that will provide students with a GPA boost reflected on college/university applications. A grade of C or higher in Spanish 3 is a prerequisite for the AP class.
The year-long course emphasizes communication (understanding and being understood by others) by applying interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational skills in real-life situations. This includes vocabulary usage, language control, communication strategies, and cultural awareness.
The AP class is taught almost exclusively in Spanish to better facilitate the study of language and culture. The course develops students’ awareness and appreciation of cultural products (e.g., tools, books, music, laws, conventions, institutions); practices (patterns of social interactions within a culture); and perspectives (values, attitudes, and assumptions).
EUHS will also be upgrading its ASB Leadership course to meet the UC requirements of a “G” elective, meaning students will now receive college preparatory credit for participating in this course. The year-long course is designed to teach leadership skills and governmental structure which ultimately enhances school pride, spirit, and culture as well as the student’s individual knowledge of a working government.
The class will focus on standards designed by the California Association of Directors of Activities and Common Core State Standards, including public speaking, written communication, service learning, presentation skills, community service, government hierarchy, procedures and elections, personal and social development, goal setting, group dynamics, business marketing, finance accounting, advertising, business law and research while positively impacting the entire student body.