Stricter UW Admission? District 2 Not Planning Curriculum Changes

Stricter UW Admission? District 2 Not Planning Curriculum Changes

Sheridan County School District 2 is not planning to make any changes to its curriculum in response to the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees approving new stricter admission standards.

Sheridan High School Principal Dirlene Wheeler explained to the District 2 Board of Trustees at their regular meeting Monday night that their requirements are already geared toward preparing students for college and the Hathaway Success Curriculum.

UW's new standards, which take effect in 2013, require four years of math, science, and English, three years of social studies, and two years of foreign language or humanities courses.

Requirements also say students must earn a 3.0 GPA and score 21 or better on the ACT. Students not meeting these requirements would still be admitted, but would be entered into the college's Synergy program to give them extra help.

For now Wheeler says that she agrees with the stricter expectations for those entering UW, but added that if the standards were to become requirements for all high school graduates, not just those wishing to attend UW, that would be something with which she would disagree. She explains.

Director of Elementary Education Scott Stults reported to the board on his and School Facilities Director Julie Carroll's presentation to the School Facilities Commission regarding the reconstruction of a 3-section Meadowlark Elementary school in place of the current 2-section school.

Stults said the SFC acknowledged the need and also the possibility of a sixth District 2 elementary school, based on population and enrollment increases in Sheridan County.

The issue was discussed in detail at last month's board meeting.

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