Career and College Ready

High School Schedule Change Update: What's Happening Now

Over the past two years, we've been looking at ways to increase support for students and ensure they graduate career and college ready. In particular, we were considering a new high school schedule for the 2020-21 school year.

After months of research and meetings, we have reached a decision. Each of our high schools will continue with their six-period schedules while adding additional supports for our students.

Our school board will be discussing this issue during its board retreat in April 2019 and will provide some additional guidance around increasing supports for students and providing alternate credit pathways. This will allow us to identify and begin planning specific support options and choices for students, so they are in place for the upcoming (2019-20) school year.

High School Schedule Change Background 

In spring 2018 a team of parents and staff recommended that our high schools change to a 7-period modified schedule. This change was meant to help provide more options for students and meet the state’s new graduation requirements. Our school board agreed to explore a 7-period day. However, further budget review showed that we do not have sustainable funding for a 7-period schedule.

Next, we looked at other ways to increase support for students and ensure they graduate ready for college, a career or the military. To help with this work, the school board provided some additional direction:

  • By 2020-21, our high school schedule will have more than 24 credits available. Most days will have fewer than six periods.
  • We will increase opportunities for students to obtain credits through things like online classes, competency test and other options for the 2019-20 school year.
  • The cost of the new schedule cannot exceed $1,000,000 per year.

This direction honors the work of the Career and College Ready (CCR) team and its original guidance for a new schedule.

In December, we shared three proposed schedules with our high schools. We provided their feedback to the school board on January 14—and it mattered!

Board members concluded that the rotational component of each schedule causes significant issues for students and staff. The Career & College Ready (CCR) work group was asked to revisit the original schedule recommendation presented in June 2018.

CKEA feedback acknowledged:
- Students need more support to meet the 24-credit graduation requirement
- We need to change our current practices
- The three proposed schedules generated some creative and new thinking—potentially opening doors once thought closed

In January 2019, we met with students and talked with them about their needs and concerns. The CCR work group continued to meet through the winter and spring. In March 2019, we announced that each of our high schools will continue with their six-period schedules while adding additional supports for our students.