Worthing HS shows neighborhood kids that school has a bright future

Feeder pattern students tour school, learn about Futures Academy and construction of 21st century campus

Students from neighboring middle schools and fifth-graders from nearby elementary schools spent a morning at Worthing High School last week, where they learned about the school’s Futures Academy and new construction.

The students also were treated to a high-energy student musical production, The Michael Jackson Experience – including the oldie but goodie “I Want You Back.”

“We have a lot to offer our students, and we want to make sure these younger students see first hand that their neighborhood high school is a good option for them,” said Principal John Modest. “We’re transforming. We’re changing (and) want to invite the Sunnyside community and students back to Worthing.”

As part of the tour, Modest presented a 3D animation of the new school building and discussed the 21st century design elements that will be featured in the new campus.

Students also learned about Worthing’s Futures Academy, which enables students to earn an associate’s degree for free while attending high school. Degrees are offered in the areas of hotel management, health science, and information technology.

Read more about the Worthing HS construction project

“Worthing is a great school – you should check it out,” said Joshua Alexander, a Worthing junior who helped organized the event and spoke to the young students about his experience. “High school will be what you make of it. Freshman year is the most important year, so you’ve got to take it seriously.”

Students toured the construction site of the new classroom wing, which is part of the new $30.2 million facility that will accommodate 1,100 to 1,300 students. It will feature four flexible learning centers, three CTE classrooms, and new spaces for athletics, dining, administration, and student guidance. The design plan also includes abundant natural light throughout and outdoor courtyards which can be used as learning centers.

The new campus is expected to be completed in 2017, just in time for many of these students to start their freshman year in the new facility.

Young Elementary School student Emily Gilmore said she hasn’t decided where she will go to high school, but Worthing seems to be in the running.

“The new building is awesome,” Emily said.

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