Students at Winder-Barrow High School and Apalachee High School may soon move back to the traditional 7-period class schedule, at least for some students. The schools currently have four, 90-minute classes each semester. The 7-period schedule would have seven, forty-five minute classes for the entire year. The Barrow County Board of Education appointed a small committee in 2009 to measure the benefits of switching to a 7-period day. Last year, the board expanded that committee to 35 members. The committee found that there was no measurable difference in performance between block and yearlong schedules.
At its meeting Tuesday night, the BOE heard more details about the idea and will discuss it further at its meeting next Tuesday.