Foss High School closing? Not a good idea. It has more than 30 years of history supporting students and sending them off to college with Foss scholarships.
Its IB program has been around for almost 30 years, producing students who become leaders. It has a diverse student body and a culture of inclusion. It has excellent facilities; the only true girl’s wrestling team; a math team that was first in the state last year; the best boy’s diving team in the district; and many active clubs, teams and academic support programs. Foss is a community treasure.
Other options? Co-locate SAMI at Foss similar to Lincoln Center at Lincoln. Snake Lake and China Lake Nature Preserves are both close for science activities. Or close Wilson High School. Wilson students would have three school choices with very similar academic programs supporting AP classes or Foss.
The IB program cannot be simply moved unless the whole IB staff and its students are relocated to one building; an AP class just needs one teacher. The pre-IB program from Hunt did not move when Hunt closed; Giaudrone is not yet certified as pre IB.
It’s bad to uproot juniors who will have to scramble to keep their futures on track instead of getting support from a trusted environment. It’s worse for juniors invested in a program they were using to gain college credit based on exams that are not replaceable with AP exams.
Which students are first? Now let’s think of more options.