BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Several Gov. Livingston High School graduates participated in a 'College Student Forum' that was held on Monday, Jan. 6 at the high school. Superintendent Judith Rattner served as moderator while the students discussed their respective college experiences and gave feedback to the Berkeley Heights administration on how their high school experience prepared them for college. Principal Scott McKinney and other administrators participated in the discussion.
From this discussion, Rattner plans to create a survey that will be sent to all Gov. Livingston graduates. This information will be used to provide Gov. Livingston students with the best possible preparation for college study.
Highlights, suggestions and concerns from the discussion include:
- Students' athletic experiences have been overall positive.
- Suggestion to implement a consistent ‘cut’ policy.
- Establish an alumni database for GL students to reach out to alumni when/where appropriate.
- Gov. Livingston juniors would benefit from a panel discussion with college students returning to answer questions.
- Concern of Gov. Livingston's timeliness of submitting materials during the college application process.
- More writing requirements were suggested with greater emphasis on vocabulary and grammar.
- Expand the reading list and add new dimensions other than the classics.
- Encourage students to take computer science and statistics classes.
- Need for a personal finance class and increased exposure to Excel.
- Too much emphasis on culture and not enough writing.
- Recommend offering honors level.
- Positive experience with writing requirements.
- Consideration for an AP Government class.
- The AP course selection is positive with excellent electives.
- There should be more inquiry based and less emphasis on recipe labs.
- Consideration for AP Environmental class.
- These activities provide skills to be effective leaders.
- The programs reached out to students, engaging them in a cause that improved their confidence and public speaking abilities.