It's time to share results from our community meetings and online conversation about course offerings at the high school level.
Our high schools will switch from a two-term semester schedule to a three-term trimester schedule in the fall of 2020. Students will have five (longer) class periods a day, rather than six (shorter) periods. The trimester schedule gives students the opportunity to take more courses and earn more credits in four years of high school.
In March 2019, families, staff, students and the community were invited to share feedback to help us plan course offerings as well as consider future graduation requirements.
On March 1, we launched an online conversation through Thoughtexchange. The online conversation provided an opportunity for families, community and staff to share priorities and ideas about our high school trimester schedule change.
Nearly 500 people contributed hundreds of comments and ideas. The Highline community gave nearly 12,000-star ratings through the process, with several themes rising to the top.
Thank you to those who participated in this conversation. We invite you to explore the feedback through our online, interactive report.
We also held a series of community meetings across the district to gather in-person feedback. The following is a list of priorities identified at the different meeting locations.
- Tyee High School - March 4
- Evergreen High School - March 7
- Raisbeck Aviation High School - March 11
- Mount Rainier High School - March 14
- Highline High School - March 21
Tyee High School - March 4
Evergreen High School - March 7
Raisbeck Aviation High School - March 11
Mount Rainier High School - March 14
Highline High School - March 21
The trimester transition steering team, made up of principals, teachers and central office staff, will use input gathered in this exchange and the community meetings as they develop and approve new courses. In addition, the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee will share their ideas for new courses. Next fall, we will conduct student focus groups to get additional input.