Ron Shecklen, John Burroughs High School co-principal, said there is a
a real need for the class in the district.
"This is not just a problem in Burbank. Nationally, 59% of students
entering college are not prepared, so they are placed in remedial English
classes," Shecklen said.
Tina Cantrell, director of secondary education, said the class is
modeled after the freshman English class at Glendale Community College.
The course emphasizes grammar and thesis-based writing, she said.
"The difference is that regular grade-12 English classes focus on
British literature. This class will give students a jump start on
college-level requirements," Cantrell said.
Students who take the class can receive three units of college credit
if they attend GCC, she said.
School board member Trish Burnett said the need for the class is
evidence Burbank schools are not doing a good enough job preparing
students for college.
"We do need a class like this, but we should be preparing students
from the elementary school level," Burnett said. "I've been pushing for
English classes to be much more focused on in-depth research writing."
Armen Zenjiryan, 17, a Burbank High School senior and student
representative to the school board, said the new English option is
"I think it's great. It's tough on a lot of students who do not know
the language and this will prepare them," Zenjiryan said.