Twelve GHS students (three from each class) took a survey asking about course electives, and out of that twelve, four are currently enrolled in study skills, three are in band, three in Woodshop, and two are in Publications.
Seventy five percent of the student who took the survey said that Helix needs to offer more electives. When asked to rank the currently offered electives from classes that they were most likely to take to least likely to take, Woodshop came out as the most likely to be taken with 42% of the students ranking it as number one; whereas, Publications was the least likely to be taken, with only 25% of the students ranking it as a number one.
The survey offered 12 options as electives that students want to see at Helix: art, drama, creative writing, choir, orchestra, home economics, leather working, drivers ed, CPR, programming, survival skills, and dance. Each student who took the survey chose four of the options. Sixty seven percent of students chose art as one of their choices; creative writing, choir, home economics, drivers ed, and survival skills tied for second place, all being chosen by 42% of students. Programming and drama were both chosen by 33% of students, CPR was chosen by 25% of the students, dance by 17%, and both leather working and orchestra were chosen by 8% of the students.
Fifty percent of the students who chose art as one of their answers, also chose either creative writing or drama (or both). Eighty percent of those who chose programming were male while 57% of females chose drama as one of their options. The survey also offered an answer box that allowed the person taking the survey to add an elective that wasn’t on the list, but one they thought should be offered at Helix, only one option that wasn’t on the list was provided: psychology.
Analyzing the results of the survey it could easily be said that Helix High School needs to offer its students more electives, yet it should be mentioned that as well as the 75% of students that said “Yes, Helix needs more electives,” 25% said “maybe, but only if they are done right.” The students of Helix want more electives to be offered, but they want them to be done well; the school shouldn’t offer a bunch of half-prepared electives, but instead it should take time and prepare maybe two or three more than it already does, perhaps only offering them for a trial period of a quarter at a time to see which ones actually hold the student’s interest.