Science Hill rolling out three online classes over next two years

Tony Casey/Johnson City Press 1 / 4 Science Hill High School students work on laptops in language teacher Kiki Garman Diamond's class. Over the course of the next two calendar years, Science Hill will roll out three online classes, one of which Garman Diamond will teach. Tests. Applications. Volunteering hours, extracurriculars and more, all taking up limited time. But by rolling out three online classes — personal finance, AP U.S. government and AP language — over the course of the next two calendar years, Science Hill High School administrators hope to make busy students’ lives easier. “I can't overestimate the amount of help this will have for their college preparedness and readiness,” said David Timbs, Johnson City Schools’ supervisor of instructional technology. Timbs went back and forth with the Johnson City Board of Education at a recent monthly meeting about the details of this program. He did so after two Science Hill teachers, Kiki Garman Diamond and Jessica Schiwitz, made a presentation to the board about the online classes. Science Hill’s Tim Vanthournout will teach the first of the classes to be unrolled this spring, a half-credit personal finance class required by the state. In the fall of 2017, Schiwitz’s AP U.S. government class will be made available, and the following spring, Garman Diamond’s AP language class will open up. These classes will first be offered to students with schedule conflicts and those who specifically need AP classes. The cap for each class will be approximately 30 pupils, and will cost $75 per student. The school has money available to help students who need...

Read the full article here