While Douglas Anderson is known for its rigorous art programs, the school’s academic courses are often a lesser topic of discussion. The student body, however, reports that several courses have proved to be immensely beneficial. Whether they serve the purpose of aiding students in preparation for exams, self-growth, or creativity–these classes can help students with life skills.
“My AP Lang and AP Literature classes taught by Mr. Nerf were most valuable to me because they were extremely rigorous under his teaching methods,” said Jennifer Hiltz, senior.
“What was taught really allowed me to better comprehend literature…” In addition to Jennifer Hiltz’s stance on DA’s challenging English courses, Mackenzie Guiry, senior, said,
“My essays have grown so much in those classes…. knowing how to better develop an argument will be valuable to you in the future because it’ll help with job interviews…”
While AP Lang and AP Literature tend to be a popular academic choice at DA, several other students found that any of DA’s history courses prove crucial to understanding politics in our modern day era.
“I would say that the history classes in general taught here were the most valuable to me because I have a knack for learning about history,” said Marisa Ubas, senior. I want to know more about WWII, the Berlin Wall, and the major world affairs like the cold war…You have to know what has happened to prevent it from happening again.”
Out of the history courses offered at DA, World History was the only course mentioned by students, many of which stated that it offered a different historical perspective.
“..I liked that it wasn’t American History, which I’m tired of,” said David Hendon, junior.
Others believed in classes such as economics to teach ‘real life’ skills.
Chloe Schuster, senior, said, “[My most valuable class] was economics, because it helped me with applying what I learned to real life, like in taxes, etc.”
But economics is not the only course offering this kind of help. As a student, if you are interested in learning more about college skills, the Strategies of Learning Success Course (SLS) will also earn you college credit.
“It teaches you about money; talking about loans, grants, etc. It teaches you how to survive in college basically,” said D.D Stevens, junior.
Although a class in each subject is often required every year, it is important for students to remember that there is still some choice in the matter. When students arrive at junior and senior year, it is crucial to look into the classes you are planning to take. Finding a course that helps to develop college skill, or even feed into a particular interest, can help benefit students for years afterwards.