I was reading the comments in an earlier post about the new assignment plan and there were many comments about the rigor or lack there of at Rainier Beach High School. I would like to dispel the myth that Rainier Beach does not offer rigor to the high achieving student. If you have a high achieving 8th grader and are in the RBHS attendance area, here is just a sample of what you can expect:
In math as a Freshman, you will start in at least Honors Geometry with Ms. Lessig who is our best math teacher. Once you get through that, you will take Honors Advanced Algebra with me, then Pre Calculus with Mr. Bird (a math major in college) and then as a Senior, you take AP Calculus with Ms. Day, a highly experienced and skilled teacher. As a bonus, in either your Junior or Senior year, you get to take AP Statistics with me. All of these classes are demanding and well taught by teachers who know what they are doing and are passionate about teaching math.
In Language Arts, Freshman Honors is an incredibly fulfilling and interesting class taught by Mr. Moriarty. As a Sophomore or Junior, you will take AP Human Geography from Mr. Moriarty again. As a Junior, you will take AP English Lit from Ms. Burks. This class is all that an AP class is cracked up to be.
In Social Studies, you will get the chance to take AP American Government and AP American History, really interesting courses being taught by Ms. Ernst and Ms. Howell respectively, veteran AP Teachers
In Science, we are adding AP Biology (to be taught by Ms. Lin) and AP Chemistry (to be taught by Ms. Jones) for 2010-2011. These are great additions to our course offerings and fill in the gap in out AP offerings.
As you can see, a high achieving student will have plenty of great and interesting courses to academically challenge them. But at RB, we care about the whole child. That is why we also have a focus on the creative arts. We offer a full array of Drama courses, taught by Ms. Linefsky, a nationally known and respected drama teacher and a fledging music program, being built from the bottom up by Mr. Dyson, a dynamic, young teacher with a clear vision of where he wants to take the music program at RB.
I say all of this to inform the people of Seattle, especially SE Seattle. If you don’t want to come to Rainier Beach High School, I can live with that. If you don’t want to come to Rainier Beach High School because you don’t think a high achieving student will be served, then you are misinformed.
I look forward to meeting many of you at the RB Open House on Tuesday, February, 4th at 6:30 PM. I also would like to extend an invitation to visit my classroom (room 266) any time. You don’t need to call ahead, just check in with the front office and someone will either escort you up or I will come to the office and greet you.