Among the new courses planned for Evanston Township High School next year is a science course that is specifically aimed at female students.

Patterned after a similar course at Niles Township, it is called Project Lead the Way and is designed to increase female participation within engineering/STEM courses, according to Peter Bavis, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

It is one of six new courses in the planning stages for the 2016-2017 school year that Bavis unveiled at the District 202 Board meeting Monday night.

Niles Township, he said, has had this course for several years, “and has seen positive outcomes for female participation.”

In a similar vein, the high school is planning a STEAM Design Thinking and Innovation course that Bavis said “promises to be a trans-disciplinary experience where students approach global/local problems from the various STEAM lenses.”


STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics and is an ETHS variation of the more typical STEM designation.

Bavis adds that the STEAM course can be “very expensive.”

Another course is a college algebra course that would be offered in partnership with Oakton Community College that is designed “to propel students beyond developmental mathematics and into credit bearing mathematics courses at Oakton.”

PE Wellness is offering what is called a “blender” course that integrates elements of fusion fitness, competitive sports, advanced strength, and healthy lifestyle.

The school’s History Department is pursuing dual credit opportunities with Northeastern University for History of African Americans to 1877 and History of African Americans Since 1877 and in the Chicano movement.

Another course in the pipeline, Bavis said, is a bilingual physical science course that is meant for the incoming English Language Learner population, especially those with limited English proficiency.

None of the courses is yet ready for prime time, Bavis cautioned, as much work needs to be done in development over the next few months.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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