By Caleb Akpan | Opinion Editor
This year, several new policies have been introduced to the student body. These changes include the advisory period shift from after first to after third, new hall pass policies, new dual credit programs and seniors having to take seven periods of classes.
“All the high schools had to have the same schedules,” Associate Principal Donna Anthony explained. “Kids are going to Brookhaven for dual credit and the hospital for the Health Science block.”
These new additions to the curriculum forced each school to follow the same approximate schedules. Associate Principal John Wing also explained in senior talks that the options were an advisory shift or no advisory at all, and many students are likely happy it was the former, even if advisory is now right before lunch.
“I feel like it’s a tradition for all the seniors that worked hard to not have to take seven periods,” senior Will Duron said.
Many other seniors echoed the same feelings, disappointed that they cannot leave school early, but some also saw the benefits. Students are taking advantage of the new dual credit program, including seniors, and that wouldn’t have been possible without the seven-periods change, because those classes take place in the afternoon.
“I think the rules they have make sense, at least most of them,” senior Sara Arteaga said. What she does not like is that seniors now have to have seven classes. “Most of us have all our credits, and we’re taking classes we don’t want and people in the work program leave early, but end up going to work after four,” she said.
Sara brings up a good point. lot of seniors are taking classes that they consider free periods, but their teachers would probably disagree. Others are taking additional core periods, like an additional science class, or enrolling in duel credit, and there’s actually more to the seven periods issue than students probably know.
“The thing with seniors having seven classes actually began when this year’s seniors were freshman and that change was made by the school board,” Mrs. Anthony explained. “The rationale was to provide students with more opportunities to take classes.”
Many seniors are taking classes they never would have thought of taking if seven periods were not a requirement, and just about every course will have them learning something new.
All of the new changes this year intertwine and are necessary for the others to happen. Each principal made it clear that all these changes happened for a reason, and some of them were not even in their control. The advisory period had to change for the new dual credit program, and seniors having to take seven classes makes it easier for them to participate in that. With those changes set in stone, it’s best for students to try and take advantage of them while they have the chance.