U-High switching from trimester to semester system

SPOKANE - Changes are coming to University High School schedules this next school year. After following a trimester schedule for nearly a decade U-High is changing back to a semester schedule like everyone else.

It will mean students will take more classes during longer grading periods but school officials say it's the best option for students.

There are two big reasons for the change: Staffing cuts and new graduation requirements are forcing school administrators to change course.

Right now U-High is on a four-day trimester schedule. It means students take up to four academic classes a day during three 60-day grading periods called trimesters. But next year that's all changing.

School officials say they?re losing 4.5 staff positions because of state budget cuts and new Washington State graduation requirements means it makes more sense to switch over to a semester schedule.

Another sticking point is the end of the year math assessment exams. In a trimester system not all students are taking math when state exams are handed out which can have a negative effect for students who haven't taken math courses in months.

In the next few weeks U-High staff members will make a final decision on what next year's schedule will look like.

"We're going to present to them a straight 6 period schedule or an alternate semester schedule and they'll have the final say,? University High principal Daryl Hart said.

Parents will be notified about the new schedule in University High's June and August newsletters.