By: Chris Brunner
Students that will be attending Coral Springs High School next fall have a chance to learn about some innovative programs at showcase being held at the school.
On Tuesday, January 20, at 7:00 p.m. Students, teachers, administrators and some district staff will be present to speak about several great programs that you may want to check out.
Quantum Leap is an academically advanced program designed to challenge motivated students to understand the rigorous content presented in all areas of academia to maximize their academic capabilities. The core academic curriculum follows our uniquely designed expectations for each course influenced by College Board. We are pleased and proud to say that our QLProgram provides an array of learning opportunities that will give our students the academic edge necessary to be leap ahead of the rest, globally! Our QL students are prepared to select from over 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and over 10 Dual Enrollment Courses throughout their high school years
Dual Enrollment is a rigorous accelerated program for select high schools students. CSHS has the largest Dual Enrollment course offerings in Broward County for our students to take advantage of during high school. There are no costs associated with tuition, fees or books! Smaller classes provide a more comprehensive classroom experience. In addition to providing a smooth transition from high school to the post-secondary education, Dual Enrollment reduces the time necessary to complete requirements for a college degree.
CSHS Fire Academy
The Fire Academy at Coral Springs High School is a joint venture between Coral Springs High School (CSHS) and the Coral Springs Fire Academy (CSFA). All of the courses will be taught by
instructors from the CSFA during the school day at CSHS. The academy is a 3-year program that will prepare cadets for entry into postgraduate fire academies. Students must be part of the Coral Springs Fire Explorer program, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, have excellent attendance, and no disciplinary history. Students can apply for the program beginning in their 9th or 10th grade year.
The LEEO Project
The LEEO Project stands for Linking Education with Employment Opportunities is a unique way for students to become certified in various vocations in tandem with becoming employment ready. Broward College and Citrix Corporation are in partnership with the LEEO project helping to raise the standards on vocational programs as well as providing real-life working situations through project-based learning.
The LEEO Lab was an idea that CSHS and Principal Leon came up with after a LEEO class field trip to Citrix. We wanted to create a collaborative work space where students, teachers and mentors could complete projects and utilize state of the art technology in a setting that didn’t have the traditional classroom feel. After much planning and generous donations and assistance from Citrix and JC White Architectural Products the dream became a reality. The room is equipped with an 80′ smart TV, 2 55′ TVs and one 27′ monitor with wifi connections linking everything so laptop computers can be used to project images and projects to the smart TVs. This will be a room where we can hold meetings with teachers, business partners and community members. Our LEEO teachers will be able to utilize the technology and communicate with their international LEEO counterparts in Scotland as they collaborate on LEEO projects. Other faculty members can use the lab to work on project based learning or have students present their work.
AP Capstone Program
The AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program from the College Board that equips students with the independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that are increasingly valued by colleges. AP Capstone is built on the foundation of two AP courses – AP Seminar and AP research and is designed to complement and discipline specific study experienced in other AP courses.
Chris has been a contributing writer at Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk since high school. He is a resident of Coral Springs and is currently attending college.