College physics, cybersecurity among eight new classes proposed at Leander ISD meeting

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Brian Perdue/Community Impact Newspaper)

Next August, Leander ISD high school students may be able to take classes on college-level physics, cybersecurity or even interior design.

At the Nov. 21 regular meeting, the Leander ISD board of trustees heard a proposal from LISD staff recommending the addition of eight new classes in August 2020.


According to LISD staff member Chrysta Carlin, LISD staff has been vetting new class recommendations since the end of September, she said.

According to LISD documents, the following classes were recommended:

  • AP Physics I: This is a year-long course equivalent to first-semester introductory college course in physics.

  • Chamber Ensemble: This alternative to Jazz Ensemble would be an elective course that requires students to occasionally perform in formal settings.

  • Cybersecurity Capstone: This course would instruct students in the fundamentals, as well as ethics and laws, involved in cybersecurity.

  • Practicum in Law, Safety, Corrections and Securities: This course would give students knowledge and skills in law, public safety, corrections and security.

  • Practicum in Audio Visual Production: This class would offer comprehensive instruction in audio and video communications and the industries around them.

  • Practicum in Graphic Design and Illustration: This course would offer introductory instruction in careers in graphic design and illustration, which are incorporated throughout the advertising and visual communications industry.

  • Practicum in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM): Students in this course would apply previously studied knowledge and skills. Experiences can occur in a variety of locations depending on the type and complexity of the topic.

  • Principles of Architecture: This course would provide general instruction in various fields of architecture, construction and interior design.


If approved, all classes would not be immediately available at all six LISD high schools, Carlin said. Which schools end up with what classes “depends on student interest,” she said.

Trustees are scheduled to revisit and possibly vote on the proposed class additions at their next meeting.
By Brian Perdue
Brian Perdue is the editor of the Lake Travis-Westlake and Northwest Austin editions of Community Impact Newspaper. A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, he has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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