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April 24, 2017 Trimesters, credits, and graduation, oh my!
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By Lindsay Peyton

Highline Public Schools is considering making a change – to a trimester schedule for high schools in the fall.

The possible switch -- from a six-period semester schedule to five-period trimesters -- has stirred up concern in parents in the district, who point to rising costs and educational gaps that could accompany the change.

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Catherine Carbone Rogers, chief communications officer for the district, explained that discussions about the trimester schedule come on the heels of new graduation requirements issued by the state of Washington.

The state mandated an increase in the minimum number of credits – from 20 to 24 – for seniors to receive their diplomas starting in 2021. The new requirements also increase the number of mandatory credits in world language, science and the arts.

“If we stay with the current six-period day, students will have fewer opportunities for electives (a reduction from seven to four electives) and no opportunity to make up for a failed credit in four years,” Carbone Rogers said.

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