Lakeview High School (Guest Post)
A new high-school-related post from guest writer, HSObsessed:
North Side High School Initiative has posted on its Facebook site news from Alderman Waguespack’s office. (Full copy below.) It looks like he is responding to their pressure to increase resources for Lake View High School by getting funding for a STEM program to be put into LVHS. From what I could read, there is quite a bit of STEM funding available at the federal level through the US Dept of Ed in an effort to lift American students’ achievements in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.
From my limited research, it looks like only one other Illinois high school has this in place so far, Wheeling High School in the northwest ‘burbs. Their website seems to suggest it’s a program that is aimed at all students and is not an honors-type program, but provides offerings that range from AP Physics and AP Statistics to Medical Terminology and Machine Technology.
The question is whether this will be enough to satisfy northside parents whose children don’t get into selective enrollment schools. It seems that most people are looking for a “test in” program, and a general program like this — even with additional funds and classes — might not be enough. Or maybe it will be?
Here’s the NSHSI post:
Neighborhood high schools have not been well regarded on the north side and have been neglected by CPS for years. Alderman Waguespack has been demanding that attention be paid to their improvement. With Aldermen Tunney and Schulter, Alderman Waguespack is working towards making Lake View High School a top notch, highly desirable neighborhood option. Together, they have pressured CPS to allocate more resources to LVHS beginning in 2011. The current LVHS science and math program would be enhanced with the introduction of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program. This would be the first STEM program within CPS and only the second in Illinois. This highly desirable program would include upgrades to all LVHS science labs. Enrollment in the STEM program would begin in September of 2012. Many more capital improvements would take place over the next three to four years. The opportunity to attend an enhanced LVHS will be a valuable option for 32nd Ward families. Once the value of these changes has been demonstrated, Alderman Waguespack is confident that the model will be extended to other high schools serving 32nd Ward residents.