Restructuring High School Science

PowerPoint Presentations

Restructuring High School Science

 This PowerPoint was used at the NSTA Conference in Boston-Spring 2008



Restructuring Science at Dixie Heights High School

This presentation represents the methods used to explain the process for transforming science at Dixie Heights High School in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. 



Why Change?

This presentation is used to aid in the acclamation of educators to the science of a modern world.


Schools of Study-Small Learning Communities

The mission of The Kenton County School District has always been to “…educate all students to successfully demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential for lifelong learning, social well-being, and active responsible citizenship.” To successfully fulfill this mission, all students need to experience a rigorous high school course of study that prepares them for a variety of career choice options. Students are more likely to pursue a rigorous curriculum when it is relevant to their career goals and when they have an opportunity to build strong relationships with adults who understand their interests, inclinations, and aspirations. Our high schools have created four “Schools of Study” where students can pursue their goals.


Other Resources

STEM Lesson Planning

 This is a working document to help non-science teachers consider effective methods to teacher STEM lessons/students.



STEM Brochure


STEM Web-site

The mission of this academy is to prepare individuals to effectively communicate, to apply scientific principles and mathematical knowledge, and to develop critical thinking skills and technical skills in order to be successful in modern society.

  • Designed with an emphasis on science, technology, and mathematical principles.
  • Capitalizes on student career interests and aptitudes.



School of Study Web-site

The schools of study are based on the Holland Model of Career Interest. John Holland, Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University, devoted his professional life to researching issues related to career choice and satisfaction. He developed a well-known theory, and designed several assessments and supporting materials to assist people in making effective career choices. His theory and assessment tools have helped millions of people worldwide and are supported by hundreds of research studies. Holland identified six vocational personality types which include Artistic, Realistic, Investigative, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional. Our high schools will be restructured into four schools of study based on this model which will help every student experience a course of study that is relevant to their personality type, interest, and career goal.