Alexandria's only public high school may cut back on some elective courses and combine some advanced courses as a way of saving money, principal Robert A. Hanley told School Board members last night.
Hanley said a committee that has been studying the curriculum at T.C. Williams High School for the last year is dividing all courses into three priorities in case budget cuts force the board to reduce the number of courses offered. The school, with 2,400 students, offers 200 courses.
Required and special education courses will receive highest priority for preservation, he said, and elective courses with heavy enrollments, such as languages, will receive second priority.
Specialized elective courses will receive lowest priority, but Hanley said these courses may not necessarily be eliminated altogether. "If we offer them in alternate years, we can save money and keep them in our curriculum," he said.
The study committee of teachers, students, parents and administrators is expected to make final recommendations to the board next month. Hanley told board members the committee probably will recommend that advanced courses now offered at varying levels be combined if few students are enrolled.
He also said the committee may recommend that local college professors teach advanced courses for college credit in the T.C. Williams building. Students would pay for these courses, he said.
The T.C. Williams curriculum study will be used as a model by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, he said.