As the school year draws to a close and students begin picking their classes for next year, rumors of a change in next year’s schedule have been flying around . The current model of the same classes eight periods a day and five days a week have been all that students here have known. A change could have a huge impact on next year’s classrooms.
“Monday through Thursday students will have three periods in the morning, and three periods in the afternoon. What two periods we do not have will switch each day. Friday we will have the regular 8 period schedule”, assistant principal Bev Shatto said.
“I think that less class periods could help test scores,” junior Easton Perry said. “I would much rather have a few longer periods than changing classes all the time”.
Mr. Banton also says that “power hour” could look different next year.
“One change that we care considering is that instead of having power hour at lunch, we would have it during one of the classes during the day. This would given even more instruction time to teachers in this period. We will still have two lunches”, he said.
Fewer class changes will mean more class time for students. Classes could be as long as one hour next year. This longer instructional time could benefit education. It also offers a chance for students to attend power hour once a day. One problem that we had this year was students not going to their assigned power hour, this schedule fixes that problem.
The exact details of the schedule change are not set in stone. There are bound to be some tweaks between now and the start of classes next year. However, the new class schedule could be a boost to student education at Ripley.