Holt Schools Trying Trimesters

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

"I'm really excited they are doing it because I can have more electives," says Kelsey Darbor.

Her school willl go to 3 semesters with five courses each in fall 2007, precisely for that reason we heard over and over from supportive students: more courses offered over the course of 4 years.

Superintendent Tom Davis says the old system gave students a total of 48 courses. The trimester gives them the option of 60.

The state's new graduation requirements will take up much of that time, but with the rest, Holt will have more electives available for students.

Some classes, like Advanced Placement courses, will be required year-round. Others will be fit into two of the three shortened semesters.

"I'm nervous to stay in class for a long time next year," says Kirkland Mallett of the change. That's the rub, for some students, who worry 72 minutes in class (instead of 60) is too long.

"The teachers have to work hard about thinking differently about lessons," says Davis. "It's a big change and a complex change."

The district has not decided if 7th and 8th graders will also be on a three-semester system.

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