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Outlook 2013: Deerfield looking to expand dual enrollment offerings with albany State University

Deerfield Windsor School Head Master Dave Davies said the school is having a great year and he is looking to expand the school's dual enrollment program with Albany State University and upgrade the Knights' weightroom and fitness facility. (Outlook 2013)

Deerfield Windsor School Head Master Dave Davies said the school is having a great year and he is looking to expand the school's dual enrollment program with Albany State University and upgrade the Knights' weightroom and fitness facility. (Outlook 2013)

ALBANY, Ga. — Deerfield-Windsor School and Sherwood Christian Academy have had solid years and are casting an optimistic eye toward the future.

“We are having a great year,” Deerfield Headmaster Dave Davies said. “The parental involvement here is as strong as I have seen in my four years here. And it’s getting stronger every year. We recently sent out a parental satisfaction survey and the response was even more positive than I could have imagined.”

Davies said the school is thriving if not a bit stressed on space.

“Our students are generally achieving good marks academically and the atmosphere at the school is conducive to education,” said the headmaster.

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Sherwood Christian Academy Upper School Principal Brian Dougherty, shown in this file photo, says new technology will enhance the learning and teaching experiences at the school. (Outlook 2013)

The school’s initial foray into a dual enrollment program with Albany State University is bearing fruit. DWS and Davies is looking forward to expanding the offerings beyond AP Biology, AP English Literature and AP calculus.

“Our dual enrollment program with Albany State is working well, ASU has reviewed our curriculum. We have five teachers who are currently credentialed to teach college level courses as adjunct professors at ASU,” Davies said. “We are on track for some of our AP students to earn college credit without leaving our campus. We’d eventually like to expand our AP options into history and Spanish.”

Davies said the school has recently expanded Spanish in the lower school to a full course in grades 6-8.

The headmaster said the school plans to continue curriculum and facilities improvements, most pressing in relation to its athletics department.

“Our weight room and fitness facilities are currently inadequate, and we will soon begin a fund-raising program sometime this year to remedy that.”

In other improvements, by the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, all classrooms K5-12 will have Promethean Boards installed and the school’s Geometry and Calculus classrooms are now utilizing TI-Nspire calculators and the TI-Navigator system. DWS has also recently begun an English Honor Society.

Davies said the school is also undergoing an extensive security review.

At Sherwood, Upper School principal Brian Dougherty will spend much of 2013 looking to boost school’s enrollment.

“We have plans to increase the marketing of our school,” Dougherty said. “We have the capacity for more students and we have a re-enrollment and new enrollment period coming up. We want to really show what we have to offer here ... which is a lot.”

The SCA principal said the school also plans on upgrading the upper school facility.

“You have to remember, this used to be Riverview and it was built in the 50s,” Dougherty said. “We’re talking about replacing lighting, renovating some bathrooms and just improving the overall aesthetics of the place.”

Dougherty said the school is also making a major push in technology by moving to virtual platforms and virtual stations and software and hardware upgrades.

“All this new technology will help us enhance the teaching and learning experience,” Dougherty said.