School Until 6PM?

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Registered: 05-15-2009
School Until 6PM?
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 8:41am

Wow.  I can't imagine having kids in school until 6:00PM in order to mirror the workday of parents.  This is what a school district in Colorado is doing as a participant in a pilot program and in exchange for $1 million.  Districts in five other states will be participating as well.

Here's the story on the Denver-area schools:

And here's a story from the New York Times that's a bit more general:

I would not be a fan of this idea if it was brought to our state, but I could see how it might appeal to some.  I just worry about how the kids are going to have time to unwind or even participate in any extracurricular activities if they're being released at 6:00PM.

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Registered: 08-23-1997
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 3:43pm

I don't know about elementary school but, some kids spend a lot of time doing nothing in high school. Why don't they start by making kids actually learn something while they are in school?  As a librarian in a few different high schools I can't even tell you how many HS kids have only 2 or 3 classes a day and nothing else to do. What a waste! In CT where I live, senior have to take only  English and PE. They should either let them graduate as juniors or make them take actual academic classes as seniors.

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Thu, 12-06-2012 - 10:55pm

Wow. In Indiana we have Core 40. You can see the requirements  at: 

 Students can then add an academic honors degree or  technical  honors degree to the Core 40 requirements by meeting other specific requirements for 7 more credits. Parents of students who might not be able to succeed under Core 40 may apply for an opt-out for their children and they earn a general diploma based on fewer upper level requirements and more general/life skill courses in each subject area. Core 40 is also the minumum college admission requirement for state universities.  It keeps most students taking at least 5 classes a year in 9-12.


We tend to worry about getting them out in time for sports, clubs, and after school jobs. I can't imagine staying  until 6:00 unless sports and clubs just become a part of a lengthened school day. The only other potential I see is mandated/supervised study time. That might help them get more work done more accurately. The focus on extra-curricular, after school jobs  and social activities often puts homework and study time way down the priorities list.