SCHS students, staff, and community. An idea affecting the school schedule has been brought to our Site Based Decision Making Council and we have been discussing the proposed change.
Scott County High School is considering a new daily schedule for the 2018-2019 school year. This new schedule would include six 55-minute class periods, as well as an extra enrichment/intervention period called CAP. The proposed new schedule will provide an improved structure for real-time support and enrichment for all students in all subject areas that currently isn’t possible in our school day.
CAP, the Cardinal Achievement Program, will meet daily for 35 minutes. Monday will be for advising and day-to-day organizational tasks, like getting signed up for the CAP workshops for the week, or getting school-wide tasks like homecoming voting done. Tuesday through Friday will be focused on making sure all students are doing well in their classes and, for students already doing well, having time in the school day for enrichment. In addition to the regular school day schedule, our council intends to continue to offer a variety of classes during our Early Morning class time.
We have made visits to other schools using this new schedule model and have observed carefully what was working and what could be improved. Students who were already successful in all their classes got time for things like AP study sessions, GSP Application workshops, intramural sports, choral and band sectional rehearsals, wellness workshops like yoga class and strength training, and content-specific ACT prep. Seniors could use this time for college application essay help, financial aid advising, and Common App tutorials. Groups like Y-Club, DECA, and FFA could have time for daily prep before conferences. Instead of meeting with your clubs sporadically once each month, these organizations could touch base with members more regularly. The enrichment possibilities for this time would greatly enhance our students school day.
If students were having academic trouble or had been absent from school, some schools used this time for homework help, make-up assignments, test corrections, test previews, and skill-building sessions for areas of content they hadn’t yet mastered. Small groups of students met with teachers across the school for more one-on-one and small group attention.
Scott County High School students are busy. We have a seven period day with many students also taking an early morning class. This schedule doesn’t leave much time to address important parts of your high school experience. We want to maintain a focus on academic achievement; however, we also want to provide time for extracurricular involvement and enrichment during the school day. This new schedule, with the continued flexibility allowed by early morning classes, would go a long way to solving that problem. Lastly, our graduation requirement of 23 credits would most likely be revised to 22 credits due to the decreased number of class periods in the schedule.
In closing, we want you to know that we have considered this proposal carefully, done our homework by visiting many schools using this model, and we believe it will greatly enrich our students’ experiences at Scott County High School.