New Courses Open Doors to Success


ART III AP DESIGNED FOR SELF-DISCOVERY – Discovering her love for watercolor painting, junior Bridget Glueck  recreates the hues of a sunset.  Glueck is one of many talented artists in the DHS community.  “I love art, and I was inspired to take the class because of my older sister who is an artist at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design),” said Glueck.

For the 2017-2018 school year, DHS has added four exciting courses to the curriculum. Art III AP, Engineering (Honors), Computer Science and a redesigned Advanced Math II will be on the list of courses that DHS has to offer.

With the addition of Art III AP, DHS students will be able to explore their artistic talents more than ever before. Art III AP is a college-level course available to seniors and provides an opportunity for students to earn college credits. According to Ms. Angelle Caffery, art teacher, this course is great for students who want to major in interior design, architecture or visual arts. At the end of each quarter, students will submit portfolios of the art they have created in the class.

“Art III AP is focused on thinking outside the box and working on a student’s personal voice,” said Ms. Caffery. “The course allows a student to develop her own artistic style.”

Next year, Engineering (Honors) will be an introduction for seniors to the basic engineering theory of electrical and mechanical circuits as it exposes students to the same information taught in a college classroom. To enroll in Engineering (Honors), students must have taken Advanced Math (Honors).

“I’m hoping the course will continue to expand and grow over the years,” said Mr. Kenneth Lannes, math teacher.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to enroll in the new Computer Science class. Programming, application development and problem solving will be the focus of the course. According to English teacher Ms. Charlene Ford (’01), Computer Science is very important in today’s world because many jobs need employees with computer skills, such as creating websites and phone apps.

By the end of the school year, Computer Science students will be prepared take the Microsoft exam and earn certification directly from Microsoft. This certification is a common requirement for attaining a job in the technology field.

“Computer Science truly prepares students for life after DHS,” said Ms. Ford.

Advanced Math II, already available for seniors, has undergone a redesign for the ’17-‘18 school year.  The course will now kick off with college level Algebra in the first semester, followed by contemporary math, which includes graph theory and financial math, in the second semester. Although the course is offered through LSU, DHS students can earn all six hours of the required college math credits for the majority of universities in the state and begin to establish their college GPA.


OPPORTUNITY REDESIGNED IN ADVANCED MATH II – Senior Brogan Hausknecht works diligently to solve a problem in her Advanced Math II course.  Both in this year’s course and next year’s redesigned version, students will add to both their Dominican and college GPAs.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the students accomplish many of their academic goals and having them thoroughly prepared for college,” said math teacher Mrs. Amy Calongne (’08).

Students with questions concerning the new courses should arrange to meet with their guidance counselors.

– Morgan Forshag