Hamilton will be using a Modified Block Schedule this school year.
For the last five years, Hamilton has been following a traditional seven period day. However, starting in the 2016-17 school year, students will be following a Modified Block Schedule with ‘A’ and ‘B’ days. These days with have and advisory and four different classes, depending on the day. This means that students will have an advisory and eight classes each semester. There are many advantages that come with this change.
Block scheduling will enhance student learning. Hamilton will focus on an academic learning environment that can only be achieved through extended class time. Extended class time allows the teachers and student to thoroughly focus on the content in depth thereby improving academic achievement, increasing graduation rate and prepare for college and ca-reer readiness.
To include inquiry based instruction, reading and math interventions, and additional Honors and Advanced Placement, Hamilton will maximize our instruction time.
This new schedule will allow students to take advantage of many different opportunities. Students will have more diverse options with elective courses, have less classes to prepare for each day, making homework easier to manage and complete in school. Also, more class time allows for more rigor and depth of the common core standards, more time for projects and labs, and more opportunities for individualized attention.
However, attendance becomes even more important with this change. Stu-dents will see their teachers every other day. Therefore, missing and 85 minute class period means that a stu-dent would not see there teacher for three school days in a row. Students must be in school every day in order to own their future.
The Modified Block Schedule is a change for this coming school year, but with the support of staff and fami-lies, students can become more suc-cessful in school than ever before.
This is a positive change for Hamilton High School