Rocky View Schools is putting all nine of its high schools on a four-block time table this September.
The change will provide students with more choice, said Superintendent of Schools Greg Bass.
“This alignment will allow all high school students access to both core and optional programs through emerging delivery methods such as online learning management systems, video conferencing and igoogle,” said Bass.
“Unlike the high school experience of Generation X, where a teacher stood in front of a class to lecture, today’s 21st Century learner can put their digital skills to good use by accessing programs and teachers from other high schools through these new instructional methods.”
Having a common timetable will allow high school students to design their education program, drawing from nine timetables as opposed to just their designated school. Courses already offered through these emerging technologies range from Math 31 to Robotics. As more and more teachers jump on board with these new technologies, students also will have additional programs to choose from such as International Baccalaureate and foreign languages.
“This is a central strategy to the achievement of our Three Year Education Plan and a direction encouraged by Alberta Education; I’m happy to announce that RVS is going to be able to deliver on it,” Bass said.
“My personal goal is to see every student graduate with the high school program they need and want to fulfill their personal aspirations. This is the first step to making that dream a reality.”
Rocky View has been working on the common time table for three years.
“Schools in Springbank, Airdrie, and Cochrane had to modify their start and end times to make this plan work,” said Bass.
As a means of informing paretns and students, all schools have placed their 2010/11 start and finish times on their websites. The jurisdiction also has a collective listing posted under “What’s New” at www.rockyview.ab.ca
“I’m really proud of the teamwork of our school communities in bringing this vision alive,” he said.
“This is just another example of how Rocky View Schools’ community of learners is working together for the benefit of our students,” he said.
New Airdrie schools start and finish times:Bert Church 2009 - 2010 - 8:17 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. 2010 - 2011 - 9 a.m. to 3:39 p.m. George McDougall 2009 - 2010 - 8:19 a.m. to 3:12 p.m. 2010 - 2011 - 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Airdrie Middle School 2009 - 2010 - 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. 2010 - 2011 - 9:05 a.m. to 3:35p.m. Edwards Elementary 2009 - 2010 - 8:22 a.m. to 3:12 p.m. 2010 - 2011 - 9 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Muriel Clayton Middle 2009 - 2010 - 8:55 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. 2010 - 2011 - 8:55 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. A.E. Bowers School 2009 - 2010 - 8:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. 2010 - 2011 - 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Nose Creek Elementary 2009 - 2010 - 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. 2010-2010 - 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Ralph McCall School 2009 - 2010 - 8:12 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2010 - 2011 - TBA Meadowbrook Middle 2009 - 2010 - 8:30 a.m. to 3:11 p.m. 2010 - 2011 - 8:15 a.m. to 2:52 p.m. R.J. Hawkey Elementary 2009 - 2010 - 8:10 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.2010 - 2011 - 8:10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.