We are proud of the many course opportunities that are available for our students at Zion-Benton Twp. High School District 126. Regular education classes at Zion-Benton Township High School are offered through fourteen departments divided among five divisions. While each class presents students with unique content, all are intended to produce high school graduates with the skills necessary for success in college and a professional career.
ZBTHS English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science classes are also presented in three levels, which incorporate varying degrees of complexity and sophistication. A student’s initial placement is primarily determined on the basis of the PSAT 8/9 test, which is administered during the eighth grade, and their 8th grade MAP assessments. Classes at the Regular level focus on mastery of the skills necessary for rigorous academic work, while Honors level classes challenge students to apply advanced skills toward increasingly intricate tasks. Regardless of their level, though, all students in a course will encounter the same content. This commitment to a common curriculum allows high-achieving freshmen to transition to more demanding levels in later years without encountering gaps in their content knowledge.
Education is a collaborative effort involving the contributions of students, families, teachers, support staff, administrators, and the community as a whole. It is our hope that the selection of courses will be a process in which attention is given to each student’s academic potential and plans for the future. Throughout their time at ZBTHS, students will play an increasingly important role in selecting their courses of study; the awareness that decisions in high school have enduring consequences is a powerful lesson for adolescents. Student placement is a vital process in the implementation of Zion-Benton Township High School’s mission:
“To promote self-worth, social responsibility, and lifelong learning in partnership with our community.”
Dr. Chris Pawelczyk
ZBTHS Division Chairs:
Ms. Jennifer Benjamin
- Science, Physical Education/Health, Family & Consumer Science
Mr. Michael Blades
- English/Reading, ELL, Visual & Performing Arts
Dr. Nicole Stommel
- Math, Business, Driver Ed, Industrial Technology
Mr. Jacob Carlson
- Social Science, World Language, NJROTC
Ms. Jennifer Lang
- Transition and ZAP
Ms. Emily Waddick
- Special Education
Note: Details regarding the course offerings and programming offered at New Tech High @ Zion Benton-East are available via the school's website by clicking here.
Dr. Chris Pawelczyk