Ross S. Sterling High School provides a diverse curriculum. Three levels of instruction are offered in most academic areas; Regular, Pre-Ap and Advanced Placement (AP). Challenging and demanding curricula are offered in the Pre-AP and AP courses. All AP and Pre-Ap classes are given weighted grade points. Students wishing to receive college credit by taking AP tests are well prepared in these rigorous classes. AP courses are offered in English, math, social studies, science, foreign language, psychology, music, computer science, and art. Ross S. Sterling High School provides students the opportunity to earn college credit by attending board approved dual credit classes at Lee College.
An extensive vocational program is also available to all students. Programs are offered both on campus and at a district career center that serves all three district high schools.
A special education program serves students with special needs. This program offers a wide range of services for hearing impaired, learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, mentally challenged, and physically handicapped. Placement ranges from all special education classes to full mainstreaming - depending on the needs of the student.
An Alternative Learning Program (ALP) is available for students whose needs are not met in the traditional learning environment. This program also served students who are pregnant. Childcare is provided for teen mothers. Students request this placement.
A School/Community Guidance Center (SCGC) is provided for those students whose behavior interferes with both their own and others' learning. Classes at SCGC are smaller than on the regular campus, and focus is on both academic and social growth. Placement in this program is not voluntary; however, students can return to their regular campus as behavior improves.
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