Smooth Transition for CHS Trimester Schedule
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 23, 2018
Cody High School’s transition to a new trimester schedule has gone smoothly.
That’s according to principal Jeremiah Johnston, who headed up the transition from a traditional semester schedule with four classes per day, to a schedule that features five classes per day, for a half credit each class, that will allow students to have three different class lineups during the school year.
Johnston says that the new schedule allows for fewer staff to offer more classes, which had become a concern for administration, as they had lost several teachers due to attrition, and those positions were not filled in order to meet budget requirements.
Additionally, Johnston says that because each trimester is just a half credit, they were able to offer new elective courses that have proven to be very popular with the students.
However, Johnston pointed out that teachers and students have had to adapt to the shorter class time. In the past, Cody High School offered four classes per semester, with each class lasting ninety-seven minutes. The new schedule offers five classes in seventy-seven-minute blocks, which Johnston says has proven to be a challenge for teachers as they change their classroom planning.
Johnston noted that as far as he knows, Cody High School is the only school in Wyoming that is working on a trimester schedule.