Guided by the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, our goal is to prepare all students to thrive in our ever-changing, global society. With a focus on student achievement, we strive to build a culture of collaboration and collective responsibility. Partnering with parents, the local workforce, and colleges and universities we aim to encourage students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners.
Current Courses of Study
The Advanced Placement Course offerings at Satsuma High School include:
- World History
- US History
- Government and Politics - US
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
- Calculus AB
- Computer Science
Additional Course Offerings at Satsuma High School including credit recovery and credit advancement may be found here.
Project Lead the Way Courses for 8th grade
Design and Modeling
Design and Modeling is a new course for 8th grade students which allows them to learn what engineers do and how to use the engineering design process to solve problems. Students also learn how to draw engineering diagrams using 3D CAD software and print their designs using a 3D printer.
Automation and Robotics
In the Automation and Robotics class, students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
Students play the role of real-life medical detectives as they analyze genetic testing results to diagnose disease and study DNA evidence found at a “crime scene.” They solve medical mysteries through hands-on projects and labs, investigate how to measure and interpret vital signs, and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.
Introduction to Computer Science
The Introduction to Computer Science is a hands-on, project-based class that allows students to learn how to use MIT App Inventor to design and build different apps. For their end of the class project, students will design and create an app. Many of these apps will then be used by elementary students.
Flight and Space
The exciting world of aerospace comes alive through Flight and Space for 6th grade students. During this unit, students delve into the history of flight and space, discover the science behind aeronautics, and explore traveling and living in space. Students are then challenged to use their knowledge to design, build, and test an airfoil.
Students who qualify for Gifted Education Services are served one day a week in the Robert E. Lee Gifted Program. Mrs. Jessica Fox, Gifted Educator, uses a concept-based curriculum that provides opportunities for real-world problem solving and authentic learning. Students, pictured below, are presenting projects and products which represent their knowledge of a selected topic.
Lee Elementary has enjoyed the addition of a state of the art science lab. Our school was the first in the state to implement this research based, comprehensive, hands-on approach to discovery where we incorporate LabLearner and FOSS curriculum. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade continue to develop process skills and content knowledge through experimentation in this lab. This year we open the door to Project Based Learning and continue STEM activities designed to prepare our students for a global workforce
Sometimes students fall significantly behind in their learning. When this happens in the fundamental areas of reading and mathematics, the consequences can extend across the entire spectrum of learning. To support students during these times, our district employs a progressive tiered approach called Response to Instruction (RTI). The basic idea is that different strategies are used in an intentional sequence that begins with the simplest solutions and progresses, if necessary, to intensive research-based intervention programs. The goal is to help students get back to grade-level expectations in the area of reading and math as quickly as possible. Struggling students are monitored by a team of caring educators at the school level. When should a parent be concerned that their student is 'significantly behind' in reading or math for their grade level? Our criteria are not absolutely strict as the school's Problem-Solving Team is allowed to exercise discretion in individual cases, but in general, a student is more than one year behind their peers when they have fallen below the 25th percentile in a nationally normed assessment. The situation is even more dire if a student falls below the 10th percentile. The school will communicate with parents if they are concerned about a student, but parents can also reach out to their student's counselor if they would like to seek assistance from the school's Problem-Solving Team.
In October 2015, the Alabama State School Board passed administrative code that officially recognized dyslexia as a learning challenge for some of Alabama's children.As part of the new dyslexia code, each school's Problem Solving Team (PST) works to evaluate any student who demonstrates significant reading concerns and then recommends how the general classroom teachers can support the dyslexic student's academic growth during the school year. Please click here to read about Alabama's new code concerning support for students with dyslexia.