Mount Si High School (MSHS) is testing a four-day block schedule with its students from Jan. 28-Feb. 15. The schedule testing is to help the school decide on the best class schedule for the next academic year.
John Belcher, MSHS principal, released an informational video detailing the reasons for the three-week long schedule testing period.
Since the State of Washington increased the number of graduation credit requirements for public high schools, high schools have been exploring class schedule options.
At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, MSHS adopted a two-period modified block schedule.
“We wanted to help students manage another academic period…allow students to dive deeper into subjects and give teachers more opportunities to intervene with students during the day,” Belcher said in the video.
At the beginning of the second semester, students entered the four-period block schedule. The four-period block schedule began on Jan. 28 and will end on Feb. 15.
“We know this schedule change will create stress for students and staff, but please be patient,” Belcher said in the video.
At the end of the schedule testing period, students will vote on which schedule they felt was most effective.
“We’re doing the best we can to make a great decision for the future of Mount Si High School and we’ll collect your feedback at the end,” Belcher said in the video.