New Schedule Planned for Barnstable High School

HYANNIS – Barnstable High School students will have a new schedule when classes resume in September.

The plan has been six years in the making and is designed to better prepare students for life after graduation.

“I’m excited tonight to say that we’re taking a great leap in the right direction with the new schedule and with the program of studies,” sad BHS Principal Pat Clark at a town council meeting this past spring.

“The work to get to the point where we are with the schedule has been tremendous.”

The proposal features seven courses per day, with an expansion in technical offerings, single semester elective programs, and an expansion in mathematics requirements – mandating four math courses prior to graduation.

“Students will be choosing seven selections,” said Clark, “and a much higher percentage of our students will be choosing semesterized courses for next year so they can get an introduction to something but they don’t have to commit a whole year for that course.”

The daily schedule includes blocks varying between 50 and 74 minutes to allow for an extended period.

Among the new electives being offered at Barnstable are digital photography, literary history of hip hop, lifetime sports, Advanced Placement Latin, entrepreneurship, African-American history, horror and science fiction, and women in literature as well as new free, in-school SAT preparation.

By DAVID BEATTY, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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