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STC High School Happenings

April 29, 2012
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The South Tama High School Guidance Office wants to showcase some of the great things our students are doing in and out of the classroom at South Tama to prepare themselves for the future.

In addition, we want to make parents and the community aware of the new and expanded course offerings coming to STC in the next academic year.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your student taking advantage of any of these opportunities, please contact Dan Lopez at the South Tama High School Guidance Office.

Advanced Placement

(AP) Courses

AP college-level courses and exams are a way for high school students to earn college credit and advanced placement, to stand out in the admission process, and to learn from some of the most skilled, dedicated, and inspiring teachers in the world.

Most four-year colleges in the United States and colleges in more than 60 other countries give students credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of AP Exam scores. By entering college with AP credits, students have the time to move into upper level courses, pursue a double-major or study abroad.

Advanced Placement course offerings have been recently expanded at South Tama to include AP English, AP Biology, AP Statistics, and AP US History.

College Classes

Dual-credit college classes (PSEO classes) are available for students at South Tama as a way to earn both high school and college credit at no cost to the student.

PSEO classes are most often Internet-based classes taken through Marshalltown Community College and allow high school students to complete general education credits that transfer to most 2 or 4-year colleges.

Eligibility for PSEO classes is tied to proficiency on ITEDs. During the Fall of 2011, South Tama had 45 students taking 90 college classes and in the Spring of 2012, we have 60 students taking 128 college classes. In addition to these PSEO classes, there are also three college classes taught on the high school campus Composition 1 with 15 students projected for 2012-2013; Pre-Calculus/Calculus with 33 students projected for 2012-2013; and Certified Nurse Aid I & II with 17 students projected for 2012-2013.

Job Shadowing

Several STC students have been job shadowing at various organizations throughout the year. Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center (MMSC) has been an excellent partner in this venture for our students interested in the medical field. Mercy Hospital in Des Moines has also been a great resource for our students. This semester, our students have sat in on c-sections, and visited with health care professionals such as radiologists, OB/GYN doctors, and nurses. Several students also participated in a weekend trip to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.


Senior students at STC can take a semester-long internship in a career area of their choice. Several local employers have provided South Tama students experience in various career fields.

South Tama students have many opportunities to expand their knowledge base, explore different career options, and begin college coursework while still in high school. By taking advantage of these opportunities, students will gain greater insights into potential careers, earn college credits, and save their family money as well.



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