Wilton High School adds five new courses

The Board of Education unanimously approved five new courses for Wilton High School next fall during its Nov. 10 meeting: Calculus, Entrepreneurship, Modern World History, Principles of Engineering, and UCONN Early College Experience (ECE) Digital Media.

Calculus


The non-AP, full-year calculus course is designed for students who have completed level 2 Analysis and plan on taking calculus in college.

The class will cover “the important concepts and skills of calculus at a less rigorous pace than an AP course,” according to the course proposal, while encouraging “relevant application of calculus.

Although a final decision has not been made on a specific textbook for the course, the estimated cost per book would be around $190. There is also an estimated $500 teacher supplemental materials cost.

Entrepreneurship


Entrepreneurship is designed to give students experience in starting and running a business.

The course will replace the high school’s current International Business course and focus on “recognizing a business opportunity, starting a business based on the recognized opportunity, and operating and maintaining that business,” according to the course proposal.

Since it will replace an existing course, Entrepreneurship will have no impact on staffing. An estimated $3,000 would be needed for textbooks, e-books and supplemental materials, which could be covered by Carl Perkins Funds.

Modern World History


Modern World History is designed to provide “a rich social studies experience by building capacity in students to develop questions that can frame and advance inquiry,” according to the course proposal .

Utilizing the new CT Social Studies Framework as a guideline to replace the current Western Civilization course offered to freshmen, the course will require students to engage in activities that promote the development of research, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, according to the course proposal.

There is an approximate professional development cost of $1,500 associated with the course. Forty days will also be needed for eight staff members to develop specific units of study, lessons and common assessments over the summer, which will cost approximately $9,500.

Principles of Engineering


Principles of Engineering will be a second pre-engineering course offered at the high school as part of its multi-year Project Lead the Way Engineering pathway, designed to expand STEM-based learning opportunities. Schools participating in this program offer at least three courses by the end of the third year of the program’s implementation.

Wilton High School introduced Introduction to Engineering Design this fall, and the third course will be “any specialization course or the capstone course,” according to the course proposal.

Project Lead the Way Engineering courses are designed to engage students in open-ended problem solving, the engineering design process, and allow them to use the same industry-leading technology and software used in the world’s top companies.

In Principles of Engineering, students will learn about and explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation and kinematics.

Professional learning, development, equipment and supplies for the course will cost the district an estimated $31,600 to $34,100.

UConn ECE Digital Media


UConn ECE Digital Media is an introductory college-level course designed to enhance students’ critical thinking and real world problem-solving skills through project-based learning.

Students who take the class will also have the opportunity to earn transferable college credit.

Fine and Performing Arts teacher Susana Estes proposed the course in response to the evolving field of digital media — from a niche pursuit to a marketable skill that applies to a wide range of career fields.

Students will develop a variety of 21st Century skills through the course, which also requires significant interdisciplinary integration of other content areas, including science, English, music, technology and computer science.

The estimated cost of the course is $1,623.80, which includes $1,123.80 for salaries and $500 for resource literature.