What are the long-term enrollment projections for Horace HS?
In the 2023-24 school year, we are projecting 644 students will be enrolled at Horace High School.
Would students be allowed to open enroll to other schools in the district?
Based on overcapacity at Liberty Middle School and Sheyenne High School, the number of in-district transfers that will be approved is minimal. An extenuating circumstance that will be considered is when siblings would be in two separate high schools at the same time. The oldest student in the family still in school must currently be a member of the graduating classes of 2021-2023 at Sheyenne HS in order for any younger siblings to be eligible for this clause. This clause will apply to all siblings in the system regardless of current grade level. Based on scheduling, staffing, and programming, these requests will only be reviewed on an annual basis.
For the immediate future, we will grant one-way transfers within the district for students requesting to attend Heritage Middle School and Horace High School instead of their home school based on program availability and administrative approval.
Will the lower enrollment impact our ability to offer courses to those students at Horace HS?
Horace High School will offer the same core course selections as our existing two high schools. Course offerings at each high school are based on student interest determined during pre-registration.
Elective offerings at our high schools do differ based on program design. All three high schools will offer their own unique specialty courses in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathways.
Students can and do take courses based on their interest and passion at neighboring high schools through the CTE Consortium. Transportation is provided for students taking elective classes within our district but at a school other than their home school.
Could students travel or receive instruction through an interactive classroom experience?
Yes; this happens now between the two high schools when courses are not offered due to enrollment.
Will consideration be given to student athletes currently competing at the varsity level?
The district has a policy (see Extracurricular Participation Requirements) related to exceptional athletes at the 7th and 8th grade level. We utilize this policy for exceptional athlete consideration throughout the district. Students who fall within the criteria of this policy would be eligible to transfer to Sheyenne High School.
Will Horace HS be expected to play Class A, or can they play smaller area schools?
The NDHSAA sets the enrollment figures that determine school classification. The predicted enrollment numbers would put Horace HS at a similar enrollment to Devils Lake, Wahpeton, and Valley City. Those schools currently play at AA for football and Class A in all other sports as members of the EDC. Conference affiliation will determine much of the schedule but there is room for some non-conference games which will provide an opportunity to play schools with similar or smaller enrollments.
Could teams practice together but compete under different team names?
This is much more doable for individual sports than team sports.
FAQs: Fine Arts, Clubs, Organizations
Can some of these be collaborative versus competitive?
Yes. Many co-curricular programs are collaborative groups versus competitive teams.
If the CTE course is offered, should we feel obligated to also offer the associated club?
The co-curricular does not have to go hand-in-hand with the class.