This upcoming year, block scheduling will take a new turn in having 24 classes in a single day, for 15 minute periods. The all new scheduling will begin next school year for the fall of 2019.
Students will be met with a change of credit for graduation requirements as well. The standard base classes like history, math, English, and science are said to preserve their 1 credit value in the new system and the more exciting electives will still only count for half a credit.
It has been noticed that when students are signing up for future electives, there just never seemed to be enough room for their ambitious, somewhat impossible, desires to take as many classes as possible to benefit them in the college process. Fitting only four electives wouldn’t do them justice, and it was problematic.
To encourage the range of options and opportunities for Warde students, it has been legislated that an additional 16 more electives will be put into the curriculum. Subsequently, rather than a 25 credit requirement promised upon you, there will now be a graduation requirement of 33 full credits.
Warde has devoted itself to a four class block schedule with an 85 minute runtime for each. At first, it was seen as a major breakaway from the traditional 1-8 class schedule. This all new efficient system therefore with more classes will benefit teachers’ scheduling and students’ pacing.
“We just like to be seen as one of those, ‘hey I’m better than your school,’ types of places,” says Warde student Evan James. “Most schools want to have students taking as many classes as possible and would want to have a new schedule with 24 classes in a day, but don’t have the high minded attitude to go for it like Warde.”
Since this change has been proposed, almost all students have been content with its structure. To give an example, students will have limited instruction time and classes will only be able to assign homework once a week to allow for ample time to do 24 classes worth of work. Students will no longer have to worry about completing homework everyday. “Just a great system, really,” says Evan James. “On top of that it makes us look better than all the other schools.”
Some teachers are just in love with the block schedules, and see the new adjustment as being a problem. They argue that time is much more well spent having 85 minute lectures directed at deadpan, apathetic students who would much rather be at home sleeping or really anywhere else. These block schedule supporters say that for teachers, there’s nothing more exhilarating than having to stare at the clock every ten minutes just waiting for the moment it rings, wondering how much longer you’d have to keep up the peppy act for the unenthusiastic young scholars.
As much as Warde feels they have already set a high standard of excellence and efficiency for their little pawns, this new change will set the bar even higher. “Rather than going for only four measly classes in a day, we are aiming to stuff in 24 in fifteen minute periods,” the administration comments. “It’s going to be a great college resume builder.” It’s a radical change of course but what has ever stopped Warde to put their name at the very top?