Kale Blickenstaff and Elise Phillips co-teach the PACE course.
The additional class options are designed to better prepare students for the high school experience.
Tooley said the peer leader program has been a big help to the freshmen at CHS.
“Students listen to the peer leaders,” she said. “You know, not all kids talk about going to college at home. They need to hear it from one of their fellow classmates.”
She said the peer leaders help instill the need to do well on the high school transcript and how those numbers follow a student throughout their entire high school career.
CHS students also take a college-readiness test to identify those who need help. Statistics show that more than 50 percent of students entering a two-year college and 20 percent of students entering a four-year college are placed in remedial courses.
“That’s an additional burden on our students,” Tooley said. “Those students who don’t pass the college readiness testing are enrolled in a new course called CRC or College Readiness Center.”
The course is taught in collaboration with IVY Tech. It focuses “not only on the academic side of post-secondary education, but on the soft skills necessary for success.”
IVY Tech also brings other college-credit courses to CHS. This school year there were two sections of English 111 and 112. In the fall, there will be four sections of English 111 and 112, political science, and fundamentals of science per semester.
The administration at CHS has also helped to implement new AP courses.
Tooley said one tool the school is using is the SMART program. SMART pairs a teacher with a small group of students. The teacher then stays with that group through their entire high school career. They meet on a near daily basis to discuss a variety of topics. The groups generally meet for 30 minutes, four days a week.