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Changes to High School Delivery for 2020-21

Mon, 29 Jun, 2020

News item: High school delivery

For the 2020-21 school year, most Division high schools will move towards a quarterly schedule. This is different from our typical two semester schedule where students have more classes per semester. Some high schools, like our K-12 schools or others that may offer speciality programming, may not choose to use a quarterly schedule. It is up to each high school to choose how best to deliver programming that fits the needs of the school community.

HOW A QUARTERLY SCHEDULE WORKS

Students would take two courses at a time:

  • students may take one subject in the morning and the other in the afternoon,
  • students will continue to receive the same amount of instructional time they did in a two-semester schedule,
  • in-person classes will be 150 minutes, and
  • diploma exams will be held in November, January, April and June for each quarter.

WHY WE’RE INTRODUCING A QUARTERLY SEMESTER SCHEDULE

This change is being introduced because it will:

  • help high schools transition between scenarios more easily throughout the school year if the COVID-19 situation changes.
  • allow students to focus on fewer subjects at time, which will help ease the transition if schools have to move to at-home learning.

MORE INFORMATION

Families who have questions about what the quarterly schedule will look like should contact their high school for more information.