Highline Public Schools has been planning for a transition to a 5-period trimester schedule in its high schools, with the goal of starting the new schedule in September 2020.

However, on Thursday, Nov. 21, the district announced:

“…with so many other initiatives and transitions this year, we need more time to implement this change well. We have decided to postpone the change to trimesters for now.

“We will decide by February whether to proceed with the transition in fall 2021.”

Superintendent Susan Enfield added:

“Our goal continues to be to ensure that students are able to meet the state’s more demanding graduation requirements, which require students to earn more credits in specific subject areas. In our current semester system, that means all students will have fewer electives, and students who are not on track to graduate will need additional credit-earning opportunities. This is the challenge that led us to look at alternative schedules.

“In the immediate term, we will focus on supporting our students to get what they need to graduate prepared for the future they choose, whether that means earning missing credits, exploring a trade or diving deep into a passion for music or math. This is how we deliver on our promise to know every student by name, strength and need.”

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