Many elements go into creating a class schedule for a school with student success being the most important element of all. At the beginning of this school year, we began looking more closely at student success through the lens of evaluating the high school readiness of our incoming students. Unfortunately, the data shows us that many students come to Skyline ill prepared for high school. At the same time, we have a great many students who come to us achieving at advanced rates and everything in between. Supporting all our students is our utmost priority, so we began the school year looking at the best ways to do just that.
In looking at the research, we firmly believe that moving to an 8-period block schedule will give us the ideal amount of time to provide proper interventions, remediation and acceleration as needed. In January, we informed you that we were moving in that direction for the 2017-2018 academic year. As we started to develop the process for implementing this change, which included engaging all the stakeholders on campus, mainly students and teachers, we came to the conclusion that the enormity of implementing this change for the upcoming school year requires more time than we originally anticipated. Therefore, we have pushed the implementation date for an 8-period block schedule to the 2018-2019 school year. Extending the start date will allow the Administration to work with all stakeholders more deliberately and systematically and ensure the best outcomes for all our students.
The 2017-2018 class schedule will remain 7-period day. Students that have already gone through the course selection process for next school year, will be given a one-week window to access the classes they already selected via their Aeries account and remove a non-pathway elective course only from their schedule. All student's final course schedules will be subject to approval by the Academic Counselors. Our Academic Counselors are working on the readying of Aeries for this process and we will inform you and your student via emails, the newsletter and school website as soon as the one-week window opens. Please note that if a student doesn't complete this process within the time frame provided, counselors will be left to make this decision for them.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding this decision, please contact us.
Thank you for your continued support and partnership.