This 2016-2017 school year, all Littleton High School students saw an extra class on their schedule they had never seen before called Seminar. Seminar is comparable to the advisement that LHS used to have for freshmen, except for all grades. Once assigned a teacher, students will stay with that teacher for the entirety of their time at Littleton. Beginning with the Class of 2021, Colorado high school students will face a new set of graduation requirements with academic competencies and post-secondary planning as required elements which played a large role in why LHS administration felt the need for Seminar.
“I think it was a really great idea for LHS to add seminar class. Not only will it help prepare us for college but it’s also just going to be an amazing support system. Overall I feel the way that class is step up its going to help many students get organized and ready for their future,” said junior Mandy Zueger.
What Seminar entails for each grade is varying. Freshmen seminars focus more on getting to know LHS and developing their success here while upperclassmen Seminars will focus more on post-grad plans. For new freshman, Seminar proved to be a positive and reassuring thing after being thrown into the hectic mix of things.
“Seminar made me look forward for this the school year, and the coming ones! I’m excited for my first year at Littleton,” said freshman Jack Fidler.
On the other hand, seniors reflected that Seminar may not be as beneficial for them. The agenda for senior Seminars is a bit more sparse than what the freshmen have.
“As a senior I think it’s not necessary seeing as it is our last year and can’t gain as much from it,” said senior Brisa Banuelos.
Seminar is new to LHS this year and is going through its test round. It only meets for 25 minutes on designated Wednesdays as of now. The student body has had varying reactions to the new class, but the idea is that in the end it will be for the good of the student body and it will be seen in schedules for years to come.
“I see seminar as a class that may help kids that are struggling in their classes or graduation requirements but for students that are on track to graduate, the class might not help very much if at all,” said sophomore Ian Burgschnieder.