Connecting the Pack at La Joya Community High School

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Connecting the Pack at La Joya Community High School

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Connecting the Pack at La Joya Community High School

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Growth At La Joya

Since the 2014-2015 school year, La Joya’s student population has increased by 2,500 students. This vast increase in enrollment has been quite significant at the high school.

Classrooms that once held an average of 20 students are now occupied with an average of 30 students, and in some cases, 40 students.

Some may have wondered whether this sudden change in size would influence the education of the students. Will students be receiving less individualized attention from their teachers, or will they only be receiving half the amount of the education they should be getting?

These are all issues unforeseen with this transition, however as a senior who has been attending La Joya since freshman year, I can strongly argue that the La Joya’s teachers are handling this situation as best they can. I’m aware that they are creating new ways and learning techniques that they can apply throughout their classroom, so every student receives the education they deserve.

The large amount of students also means there is a limited amount of supplies to go around, which can be frustrating for those who would typically check out and take home school books, calculators, or other necessary supplies. Again, I’m aware that the La Joya staff is doing the best they can, from putting copies of the work online using websites such as Blackboard and StudentVUE and making sure all students are accessible to the materials.

A great change in the amount of students brings unforeseen problems that can be solved, however it also brings unity and opens the doors to opportunities that will improve the high school.

More students means more school spirit, an increase of students attending the sport games, and more students getting involved in clubs. With more students participating in school activities and having an interest in extracurricular activities, the students form a sense of unity and belonging.

Students who may not have involved themselves before are now receiving the encouragement they need from their fellow peers to include themselves.

The vast population of students can help improve the school as a whole and maybe this is just what La Joya has been waiting for.

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