By Carrie Lynch
Holt Journal Staff Reporter
Just last year, Holt High School sent seniors on their own while freshman joined everyone else. The North Campus holds college class for seniors and the South Campus, or the Main Campus, holds class for the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.
Holt Public Schools Superintendent David Hornak said this change was beneficial to all students of high school age. Prior to this change, ninth-graders had their own building, separate from grades 10-12.
“Moving the ninth-graders to the senior high helps them to engage in high school experiences for preparation of high-stakes standardized testing and provides resources to keep students on a path to a successful future,” said Hornak.
The school wanted the ninth-graders to have the opportunity to explore their interests in order to take the next step after high school.
“This decision was comprehensive in nature. Reinventing Holt Schools balanced both academic achievement and cost efficiencies,” said Hornak.
The district hopes this change will help the students prepare for being on their own at college.
On Nov. 3, the North Campus held a College and Career Fair from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. High school senior Caitlyn Raye Murphy really enjoyed the help from the staff apply for college, scholarships and financial aid. “We are so blessed with amazing staff who doesn’t get enough credit.”
A Holt Public School graduate, Ben Blanck, wishes he had this opportunity when he attended school.
“I definitely think it would have been beneficial to be split up and focus more on preparing for college rather than just going to school. I didn’t realize it at the time but now that I am in college it would’ve helped me a lot,” said Blanck.
“Students can take college classes during the day at our North Campus school. This is a wonderful opportunity as each student wrestles with their post high school plans,” said Hornak.
Hornak believes the change was necessary, and that students are finding some benefit to the change.
“From what I can see, the students appear to be highly engaged in academic activities each day, thus exploring college, career, and life paths,” said Hornak.