High School Tests 3pm Start Time To Accommodate Kids’ Jobs
While some schools are testing out later start times in the morning, others are getting rid of morning classes all together. This isn't here in the Treasure Valley, but if it works out in Michigan, I can see it catching on in different places like Boise.
Nighttime is the right time for high-school classes at Michigan's Eastern Flex Academy. NPR reports that the Lansing's Eastern High School has begun offering a night school-like environment for those working toward a high-school degree while trying to balance jobs and family obligations.
Eastern Flex meets in the Eastern High building from 3-8 p.m. on weekdays; students "start off with English and math classes, break for dinner and then finish their remaining courses online," the outlet writes.
Monika Kincheloe, a senior director with America's Promise Alliance, says "When the school reports a graduation rate or a testing outcome, it's going to include those young people in the evening classes. And that's a good thing."
Eastern Flex junior Jerome Tiel adds, "I'm able to sleep in as long as I need to, so I always get, like, a good night's rest. I'm able to just do more things with my day. I feel like this is one of the best changes in my life."
I guess when you think about it, regular school hours just do not work for certain kids depending on their family situation. It's rare, but some teens have to work to help support their family. I think it's so dope that this particular district is helping those kids succeed.
Not to mention, I would have LOVED to sleep in and opt for night classes in high school.