7-Period Day Implementation
Northshore School District high schools will be moving to a 7-period day beginning in Fall of 2019-20. This change is a result of the state of Washington creating a new graduation requirement of earning 24 credits for the Class of 2019 and beyond. In 2018, a committee of parents, teachers, staff and administrators was developed to understand the impact on our teaching and learning and make the best recommendations for our students. After spending a year on the review, the committee made a recommendation for a 7-period day.
The District is now working on the implementation of the recommendation. Regional Assistant Superintendent Heather Miller is directing an implementation team that will answer questions and support students, staff, and families, through the transition.
We believe, after much study and research, that this is a more supportive and equitable schedule and structure for all high school students. However, we do understand that this is still a change. To that end, District leadership will hold several focus groups during the 2019-20 school year for students, staff, and parents.
Below you will find frequently asked questions from families who will have students in high school when the 7-period day begins. As the implementation committee continues its work, we will continue to answer additional questions.
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Will attending for only periods 1-6 or 2-7 still be options for kids who don’t need 7 periods?
Partial day schedules will continue to be processed on an individual student basis as they are now. District transportation will only be provided before 1st period and at the conclusion of 7th period. District transportation will not be provided for zero period.
Will jazz band still be offered during zero period?
Jazz band will be offered as a zero period class. Instructors will need to ensure that all students have a form of transportation to school outside of district transportation.
What is happening with Theory of Knowledge for students in the International Baccalaureate diploma program at Inglemoor?
Theory of Knowledge will become a full year course taken during senior year. The junior Theory of Knowledge experience will consist of after school meetings, similar to current meetings. Individual situations will be worked out with the IB Coordinator and the principal.
Will a study hall be an option for an elective?
Principals will work with students on an individual basis who are requesting a study hall (defined as a supervised location to study on campus) for the 2019-20 school year. Students may be assigned to a teacher through a TA class. A form is being created for students to request this option. It will be available in mid-May in the counseling office.
Are the high schools adding more electives?
Yes, there are a number of new courses for the 2019-20 school year and eventually there will be more courses added for the coming years.