Mother criticizes North Hills High School class offerings

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The mother of a North Hills High School student told school board members Thursday that her son cannot take all his core classes at the advanced placement level next year.

“It is unfortunate that the North Hills School District offers AP courses, but the students are not able to take them,” said Kathleen Washy.

Mrs. Washy said her son was offered the chance to take one class online, but he, and many other AP scholars, do not want to do that.

“An online course takes a lot of discipline,” she said. “This is not a cyber-school. This is a brick and mortar school.”

Superintendent Patrick Mannarino said the high school schedule is “complex,” with 24,000 items with 1,400 different combinations. The district offers 26 advanced placement courses, and the high school day only has nine class periods.

“Unfortunately, 100 percent of our kids can’t get 100 percent of what they want,” he said. “There are times when students have to make a choice.”

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