Students at Clinton High School and Sumner Hill ninth grade school will see a change in their schedules this fall.
On Tuesday, Clinton school board members implementing a hybrid version of block scheduling for these two schools. The changes will go into effect for the 2014-15 school year.
"We currently use a system where our high school students can get seven possible credits per year on the seven-period day," said Tim Martin, assistant superintendent of the Clinton Public School District. "When we switch to the block scheduling system, it will give our students an opportunity for eight credits each year."
Martin says that many area school districts already use block schedules which gives their students a chance to take four extra classes over the course of their high school career.
"Block scheduling usually means you take four classes one day and four classes the next day," Martin said. "What we want to do is a modified version of that."
Principals and teachers support a hybrid mix of block and traditional scheduling, he said, which will mean a mixture of 50-minute and 90-minute periods.
"It will be a 50-minute block for first and second period, then two 90-minute block periods, then back to the regular 50-minute fifth and sixth periods," Martin said. "This will allow our students to take an eighth course during the block scheduling periods. They can take one block course in the first semester and a second block course the second semester and get credit for both."
Students who need more time in required courses — English, U.S. History, biology and algebra — can devote the entire year to these areas during the block periods.
"This format allows for intense remediation for the lowest quartile of students in these subject areas," Martin said. "It also creates tremendous flexibility in students' schedules who want to do it all, and add sports and extracurricular programs during the day."
In the future, this format will also allow greater flexibility in offering dual credit and dual enrollment courses, he said.
"Our teachers wanted to switch to block scheduling," said Dr. Phil Burchfield, superintendent. "The shift from 50-minute to 90-minute periods will allow more time for labs, group work and hands-on activities in these block classes. It also gives students and parents more flexibility to schedule the courses and activities they want."
Scheduling proposed for Clinton High School and Sumner Hill ninth-grade school:
– 8:15 a.m.: Early period
8:25 – 9:15 a.m.: 1st period
9:20 – 10:10 a.m.: 2nd period
10:15 - 10:25 a.m.: Homeroom
10:30 a.m. – noon: 3rd/Block
12:05 – 1:50 p.m.: 4th/Block
1:55 – 2:45 p.m.: 5th period
2:50 – 3:40 p.m.: 6th period
– 8:15 a.m.: Early period
8:25 – 9:25 a.m.: Meeting/Activity/Tutorial
9:30 – 10:10 a.m.: 1st period
10:15 - 10:55 a.m.: 2nd period
11 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: 3rd/Block
12:15 – 2:05 p.m.: 4th/Block
2:10 – 2:50 p.m.: 5th period
2:55 – 3:40 p.m.: 6th period
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