Academic Departments

  • 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 six 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--Regular, Advanced, and Honors--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.”

    ZBTHS Principal:
    Dr. Chris Pawelczyk

    ZBTHS Division Chairs:
    Ms. Jennifer Benjamin
       - Science and Health & Physical Education
    Mr. Michael Blades
       - English/Reading and Bilingual Education
    Dr. Jasey Kolarik
       - Social Science and World Language
    Ms. Jennifer Lang
       - Transition and ZAP
    Dr. Nicole Stommel 
       - Math and Driver Ed
    Mr. Andrew Stout
       - Career Programming:
          Business, Family & Consumer Science, NJROTC,
          Industry & Technology, Visual & Performing Arts
    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
  • Dr. Chris Pawelczyk
    (847) 731-9303