The district will move from three 12-week trimesters to two 18-week semesters in the 2014-2015 school year.
Mason Schools Spokeswoman Tracey Carson says the quarters-to-semesters move is an efficient one that will save the district about $748,000 annually.
The change will result in about half of Mason High School students seeing a reduction of 0.5 earned credits each year, but Mason Principal Mindy McCarty-Stewart says students can earn credit through new options like online learning, credit flex opportunities and the ability to earn high school credit at Mason Middle School.
The move also gives students more flexibility to pursue other courses and interests, she added.
“With trimesters, students who take a three-trimester offering in music or AP end up dedicating 20 percent of their schedule to one course. Moving to another configuration may actually give some students an opportunity to take additional courses,” she said.
The district will also replace the Ohio Graduation Test with a series of separate exams to be given at the end of 10 high school courses. The move is part of a wave of change of changes announced last fall by state education officials to better prepare students for college studies.
Last year, 17 percent of Mason students who went on to enroll in Ohio public universities took remedial classes in English or math, according to the Ohio Board of Regents.
“These new end-of-course exams are very different from the Ohio Graduation Test, which was a pretty low-level test,” said McCarty-Stewart.
The district will hold two meetings this month to share information on the changes. A meeting will be held for parents of current eighth-graders at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 and another meeting will be held for parents of high school students at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19.
Both meetings will be held in the Mason High School auditorium at 6100 Mason-Montgomery Road. For more information, call the district at 513-398-0474.
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