Students browse class options at Academic Fair

Jake Saferstein

Prefect Council hosted Academic Fair during break Monday to allow sophomores and juniors to learn more about classes offered next year.

The event featured a table on the quad for every class, ranging from Physics to Cinema Studies to AP English Literature to Web Programming.

Booths at the fair featured teachers and students who have taken the class to discuss with prospective students.

Math Department Head Paula Evans teaches the directed Study in Web Programming, one of the courses at Academic Fair, which meets twice a week and teaches five programming languages.

“I think that Academic Fair does a good job because the student represents the class,” Paula Evans said. “Kevin Ho ’14 and a few others came to me to put together the study last year, and now he is representing the course. It really shows how anyone can create a curriculum they enjoy.”

The Art and Science of Fly Fishing booth, one of the new Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research classes being offered next year, featured props such as a fishing rods and lures that students will make in the class.

“[Academic Fair] was moderately effective,” Art and Science of Fly Fishing teacher Dietrich Schuhl said. “It’s good, but I feel like it doesn’t truly demonstrate the course. It’s really important that students seek out and learn about courses on their own.”

Other booths offered candy and baked goods, and the Prefect Council booth sold Krispy Kreme donuts for $1. Yearbook students walked around with signs to encourage people to sign up for the class.

After students decide what classes to take, they must submit their forms by Feb. 21.