WHS administrator gives proposal for block scheduling

"We presented the idea of what we would like to go to," said Winslow High School Principal Doug Watson, regarding WHS possibly converting to block scheduling.

Watson explained that, if approved by the Winslow School Board, during this spring and summer, administrators will be visiting other schools who have block scheduling. during that same time frame, they will be reviewing literature on the scheduling and will be receiving training from experts.

Beginning in the fall of 2006, and continuing through the school year, teachers and students will be using block scheduling two days a week, and the other three days will be regular schedule. (See example at right.)

Watson noted that in the fall, four additional classes will also be added, bringing the total offerings to six.

Watson explained to parents during the first parent meeting Jan. 30, that block scheduling divides the school day into much bigger chunks of time and there are a number of ways to schedule it.

There are only two schools besides Winslow in Northeastern Arizona not on block scheduling, Holbrook High School and Sinagua High School in Flagstaff.

WHS presently requires students to have 22 credits for graduation. As it stands, students taking the minimum number of classes each year would get 24 credits or six per year. Of those, 13 are required and 11 are electives.

Watson explained that college bound students need 19 required courses for admission and has a maximum of five electives.

Under a block system, he noted, students could have up to 32 credits. The principal explained the high school requirements would be increased somewhat, but that a college bound student could take up to 13 electives and end up with a more well-rounded education.

Parents will have another opportunity to voice concerns or approvals for the proposal, as the School Board will hold a public hearing prior to its regular meeting March 15 at 6 p.m.

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