Nontraditional schedules help lower Timberlane's dropout

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Nontraditional schedules help lower Timberlane's dropout

Postby russh » Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:29 am


PLAISTOW, N.H. - Students at Timberlane Regional High School now have nontraditional options when it comes to their class schedules, and initiatives like that have helped bring the district's dropout rate from 2 percent to nearly zero in only four years.
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"We started to recognize that the direction of education had to be creating multiple pathways for kids," said Principal Don Woodworth.

Among other things in recent years, Timberlane created special learning labs where students can get help with concepts they don't understand.

And once they do, there's a credit recovery program. Students can go back, complete work, and earn a passing grade in courses they'd otherwise fail.

Timberlane also allows students to structure their own schedules, which includes the option of taking courses in the evenings.

"Which allowed us to have kids who are behind in a course or two continue in their day program while also taking courses at night," said Barry Chooljian, head of the school guidance department.

Emily Stikeman wants to be a doctor and is taking evening courses to graduate early.

"At night, it's probably like, around six to 10 per class, so you get a lot more time with the teacher and one-on-one individual [time] with them," she said.

Cory Freeman said evening courses give him time for a part-time job.

"I just want to get my high school diploma and try and join the Air Force," he said.

"Last semester, I had a class where it was just me and another student, and that was probably one of the best that I had because it was really one-on-one. If you needed help, the teacher could sit right down with you and get the help that you needed right away," he said.

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