UNION COUNTY — A new class schedule at the high school and curriculum changes at the middle schools will be part of the 2016-2017 school year in the Union County School District.
In a presentation to the Union County Board of School Trustees Monday evening, District Director of Instruction and Accountability Cindy Langley presented the changes which she said are designed to help students’ academic performance.
At Union County High School, Langley said the current A-B Schedule will be replaced with a 4×4 Bloc Schedule which she said has previously been used at the school.
“We will be returning to a 4×4 Bloc Schedule which we announced at the last board meeting,” Langley said Wednesday in an interview with The Union Times. “The purpose of that is to narrow the focus of each semester to four classes and to provide additional opportunities for students to receive the required credits for graduation.
“Currently, the school is under an A-B Schedule with students taking 8 classes at the same time, four on A Day and four on B Day,” she said. “Under the system we’re operating under now students have to focus on eight sections whereas under the new one they will focus on four.”
Langley said that at the county’s three middle schools — Jonesville, Lockhart, and Sims — a new course will be added, another restructured, and a third eliminated for the new school year.
“At the middle schools we will be adding Physical Science Honors to the eighth grade curriculum for the advanced eighth grade students,” Langley said. “We are restructuring the math program so that more students will have the foundation courses in the sixth and seventh grades to take Algebra I Honors in the eighth grade. We will eliminate a World Geography Honor class at the middle schools, it was an elective class.”
Langley said the goal of the changes is to academically challenge middle school students.
“Our goal is to raise the bar for all students and ensure that they have the opportunity to take advanced math and science courses,” Langley said. “We will continue to offer computer literacy classes for high school credit to students in the seventh and eighth grades as well as English I Honors to advanced eighth grade students.”
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or [email protected]