Thinking Ahead: What’s New in the 15-16 School Year

New year, new programs, new additions.

As we approach the course registration process for the 2015-2016 school year, we were introduced to many drastic changes. Be mindful of what’s going to be different next year since it’s time to realize that we’re transitioning not only through the changing of the seasons, but also through a changing of schedules.

    1. Eight Block Schedule: For years, Korea International School offered seven courses for both the middle and high school students. Starting next year, however, the administrators have decided to incorporate an eighth class. For now, nothing seems to be clear about what the additional class will offer. Perhaps a study block, self-investment period, or maybe the opportunity for Blueprint to step up as an established course.
    2. School Hours: Since the eighth block will most likely be leisure time for the students, there is the hassle of balancing the academic courses along with it. Nowadays, school ends at 2:54 PM sharp, but once again, that is prone to change for the sake of maintaining a successful eight block schedule next year.
    3. AP Seminar: Every year, KIS has offered new courses to supplement the student body with new perspectives and experiences before moving onto college and the wider world. Next year, AP Seminar will be added to the list of courses. It is not only a young class, launched by College Board merely two years ago as a trial, but also a course with the potential to nurture the students’ capacities of taking on long-term projects and conducting presentations.
      Mr. van Moppes is one of the two teachers who will be teaching AP Capstone starting the ’15-’16 school year. (c. Justin Kwon ’16)

      With Mr. Van Moppes and Mr. Quirin eager to teach the course, the students are intrigued as well

    4. CAD (Computer-Aided Design): Another new class being offered next year is Introduction to CAD and Advanced CAD.
      According to Ms. Abukazam, students will learn about 2D and 3D computer-aided design. (c. Justin Kwon ’16)

      By using CAD software programs such as AutoCad and Google Sketchup, students will create models for production and real-life applications.

With the new provisions and sudden modifications to the schedule, we must prepare ourselves for the worst, but at the same time, in KIS we shall trust.

– Becky Yang (’16)

Header: Justin Kwon (’16)

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