March 05, 2008 ALMONT — If at first you don't succeed, "tri" again.
The timeless adage is just one of several reasons Almont High School will transition to a trimester class schedule for the 2008-09 school year.
The Almont Board of Education adopted the plan at its February meeting. Among the multiple benefits of trimesters, are that they give struggling students an opportunity to make up classes, thereby affording them a second chance to meet the state's enhanced graduation requirements.
Other advantages of trimesters include greater flexibility and more class choices (electives) for students; appropriate block time for classes; and the availability of Advanced Placement classes.
High school Principal Rob Watt said trimesters are the wave of the future and beneficial to all students.
"Whether a student is a high achiever or struggling, the trimester approach is advantageous," said Watt. "It's a proactive approach and gives us more balance through the availability of electives. It also allows students to recapture credits and strengthen their knowledge in given areas."
Over the past several years, increasing numbers of schools across the country have gone to trimesters. In Michigan, 25 percent of high schools will be using the schedule by the fall of 2008, according to a state Web site.
While enhanced educational opportunities for students is driving the move to trimesters, there is the additional advantage of not having to hire additional staff.
To further explain the advantages of trimesters to parents and students, Watt and other Almont school officials will host an informational forum on Tues., March 11 at 7 p.m. in the high school's media center.