Berkeley High School May Change Its Daily Schedule

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Parents and administrators discussed potential plans to restructure Berkeley High School's daily schedule at a public meeting held Thursday.

The Berkeley High Scheduling Committee presented various models, including two potential block schedules, to accommodate longer classes, decrease teacher workload, and increase course accessibility, said Mark van Krieken, president of the Berkeley Parent Teacher Student Association.

Under the current schedule, which allows for students to take six classes each semester, van Krieken said teachers have little time to prepare for class and students cannot pursue different areas of study.

Under two block schedule formats, which would allow for five classes per trimester or four classes per quarter, students and teachers would be able to better manage their work, he said.

However, van Krieken said the proposed formats would be costly for the district, which would need to hire teachers to accommodate more classes.

John Selawsky, member of the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education, said the rescheduling could also accommodate advising periods.

The committee will bring a final proposal to the board in October.

Selawsky said the board has already began discussing possible models.

"It could get complicated with block scheduling," he said. "It depends on how extensive and how complicated this rescheduling becomes."


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