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New Freshman Class of 2020 Welcomed to LCC

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In the past two years, La Costa Canyon High School has seen an increase in the amount of freshmen student applicants, bringing a wider variety of perspectives as well as larger class sizes to campus.

In previous years, LCC lost students to the surrounding high schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District, specifically San Dieguito Academy and Canyon Crest Academy. The academies offer a 4-by-4 schedule which allows students to take eight classes per year instead of the traditional six. Assistant Principal Justin Conn believes that the new schedule appeals to students more than the block schedule, which had been in place since the school opened in 1996.

“There was an inequality with San Dieguito Academy having eight classes each year and us having six,” Conn said. “We now offer seven periods because it provides more options, especially for juniors and seniors being able to potentially leave school sooner, or start school later.”

Freshman Marin Cull loves that she has the option to take a free 7th period. She likes the flexibility because it offers her a better balance between her academics, athletics and other activities outside of school.

“After I’m released from class, I have more time to finish my studies,” Cull said. “I like that I can still participate in sports without having the stress of finishing my homework when I get home on late nights.”

Since students have the ability to take an extra class, they are able to explore other electives, add an AP class or spend an extra year really delving into a language. LCC was able to add more sections of electives such as art and cooking to accommodate student demand.

“LCC is built to be able to have a much larger student population than it has right now,” Conn said. “We encourage the growth, enrollment and the fact that people are attracted to our school.”

Overall, students will not be largely impacted by the influx of new freshman. There are a sufficient number of classrooms and facilities that can handle the increase. Senior Karissa Low said that, in her experience, the amount of students enrolled in class has not impacted her ability to be successful.

“It’s not hard to learn with so many people in one environment because I believe that learning is an individual thing. If you want to learn, you will,” Low said. “It’s up to the person to focus and take control of their own education, dedicating time and energy into trying to learn the material.”  

Brad Golden, the theatre teacher, is also the adviser for the Thespian Club. Thespians are students who are interested in drama or the theater. Because of the increase in freshmen entering LCC, there has been an influx of creative, motivated freshmen who are expanding the department.

“I love that there are so many programs fueled by the freshmen class’ enthusiasm. The class of 2020 is already making an impact in theater,” Golden said.

Deborah Elliott said that her students, mostly freshmen, are excited about taking her Introduction to Engineering Design class this year. She is excited that she has over double the amount of students in the class then she did in previous years year in the class and the club.

“The classes are very crowded, however, I already see students showing intelligence and they have great attitudes,” Elliott said.

It appears that the freshmen class is excited to embrace the community feeling that Principal Bryan Marcus is striving to create. Conn credits Marcus’ vision for these positive changes.

“I want to believe that under Mr. Marcus, there has been a little bit of a cultural shift,” Conn said. “I think we are very focused on making this school a community. It’s drawing people in and making students want to be a part of that.”

Because of all the school program enhancements, there are more people coming out to support not only theater, but also sports, dance and clubs.

“I hope the new class embraces and builds upon LCC’s traditions,” Golden said. “Hopefully they’ll graduate having made LCC a more inclusive and wonderful campus.”

The new freshmen have expressed eagerness, however, they are still learning how to adapt to their new environment. They are on a much larger campus than they were in 8th grade. Teachers and administrators are excited about the expansion, but it can be intimidating for the younger students.

“Classes are much larger than they were when I was in middle school,” freshman Emily Wilson said. “Sometimes it can be hard to learn with so many people in such a small environment.”

Senior Karissa Low looks at the larger class size from a different angle. She believes that larger classes are more conducive to preparing Mavericks for what college is like.

“Sometimes there will be lectures with hundreds of kids, so having exposure to that now might not be such a bad thing,” Low said.

The influx of the freshmen entering LCC has impacted the clubs, classes, and more. However, students are transitioning well into the larger classes and the new bell schedule as a whole. The bell schedule has potentially affected how students feel about LCC.

“La Costa Canyon’s goal is not to get to any particular number of students,” Conn said. “All we want to do is provide an option for students so that they can feel ownership and feel like they belong.”

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