In an effort to provide more opportunities for students, not only in their learning, but for life after school, McClain High School will begin offering more challenging courses in computer science in the coming school year. 

According to teacher Nathan Luke, these courses are through Project Lead the Way, a nonprofit that develops STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) courses of study for schools. 

While the high school currently offers computer sciences courses, Project Lead the Way courses differ not only in their rigor, but offer a pathway through the Ohio Code Project where students will now have the opportunity to take more courses with AP (advanced placement) credits and college credit. Additionally, these courses could enable students to obtain industry credentials or badging. 

Luke will have to complete rigorous training himself for each new course that he will teach, which will help to prepare him to effectively teach concepts that he hasn’t used for a while, he said. 

Luke said he will “miss dearly” the website development and digital electronics courses that he has taught, but he will continue to teach robotics, and hopefully with articulation agreements between the school and local colleges. 

“We are very excited to expand STEM opportunities for our students,” McClain Principal Matthew Shelton said. “Mr. Luke has put in countless hours this summer to be certified to teach these courses, so a big shoutout to him for working hard to further benefit the education of so many of our students.”

To keep up with what’s happening at McClain High School, you can always check out the high school’s Facebook page, the district’s social media pages and the district website at greenfield.k12.oh.us.