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Old 07-22-2009, 10:03 AM
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That's a new one on me! It does sound quite confusing--for the teachers too! Keep us posted on how it works out.

So will the students have 8 subjects per year?
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I agree that's a new for me too. We have a 9 period day everyday. Homeroom is a shortened 2nd period each day.
DD just completed a school sponsered week long biking trip this summer. Now she will be able to skip 2nd semester PE which will free up her schedule for another class.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:52 PM
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Dd high has A & B days so she has 4 classes each day.The other high school in town has the regular 8 classes everyday.Dd has finish all her math classes so that's out of the way.She also passed all her taks test so she doesn't have to take them this year.I think she'll be getting out early on one of the days but not sure yet .
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:42 AM
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Just curious, I have never heard of a school letting kids out early if they don't have a class that period.

In my son's school there are no study halls or free periods. Just classes and lunch.

His school also only has homeroom on the days when there is an assembly (strictly for "babysitting purposes," this way a certain teacher is in charge of the kids). Attendance is taken in the first-period class and the office figures it out from there.
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Our high school has block scheduling. They have 4 classes a day but run on a 6 day schedule. They run by semester so have new classes in the Spring. I know some of the teachers let the kids bring food into the classroom. The kids are in the class for 90 min.

My older daughter is going to college this year and she has 3 class of 50 min. She laughed because they will be a breeze. The other class is for 3 hrs including lab.
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:12 AM
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Here is an example of what my ds2's schedule will be like for a day in high school:

Monday

French 7:40 - 8:24
Freshman Transition 8:27 - 9:11
English I 9:14 - 9:58
Connect 10 10:01 - 10:11
Honors World History 10:14 - 10:58
Algebra I 11:01 - 12:18
Lunch 12:18 - 1:02
Honors Earth & Physical Science 1:05 - 1:49
Study Hall 1:52 - 2:36
ELO/Tutor 2:36 - 2:46 (not sure what this is)

Do you see why I find this confusing? This will be his schedule for M, T, Th and F
On Wednesday from 7:40 - 8:06 students will attend varying activities from career interest to future planning. and from 8:09 - 8:24 students will attend Connect 20 to work with teachers in small groups.
The whole thing sounds confusing and there doesn't seem to be enough class time for the classes for the students to learn!!! This is a new thing the high school is trying. And look at the class times - they are so odd! It is going to be very interesting to see how this works out. And the dks only have 3 minutes between classes to get from one class to another. What if one class is at one end of the building and your next class is on the far end or even on another floor?
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:23 PM
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Sammi, that looks really bizarre. So it looks like he has 5 subjects per day, plus whatever "Freshman Transition" is? Plus study hall and lunch. No PE?

Looking at that, it's nice that Algebra has extra class time. But the whole school must not have that long period at the same time.

I'd hate to be the guy who comes up with that schedule.

Big DS has 4 class periods a day, plus "Flex" in which students eat lunch and attend activity meetings (if they want to attend meetings). 2 classes before Flex, 1 hour and 15 minutes each, and 2 classes after. No homeroom period, no study hall. The students get in 8 major subjects per year this way. They take 4 classes in the fall semester, then a final exam in January and spend the spring semester with their other 4 classes. I believe this year his schedule will include (I don't remember the order)
Honors English 4
AP Literature
20th Century Literature & Culture
Honors Physics
Honors American Law
Religion 4
Honors Probability & Statistics
Sociology

Looks like a lot of homework will be in his future.
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Old 07-24-2009, 06:42 AM
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Barbszy, your big ds's schedule sounds a lot more sane and reasonable than our high schools. I look at my ds' schedule and the classes are shorter and there is those short "breaks for Connect 10 etc. which is new and I am not even sure how useful it will be. In our high school, students only need 1 year of gym to graduate and it may be taken any year. I think that is a disgrace!!! When I was in school we had gym 3 times a week every year of high school the whole school year. No wonder so many kids struggle with obesity. In Middle School, you take 1 quarter of gym each year so that isn't any better but you don't get recess either.
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