Flex Scheduling for 2019-20 School Year


Dean Simon, Writer

The “flex scheduling” option that seniors may be able to utilize next year has been the topic of conversation among many of the current juniors at Middletown High School North. It is an alternative that could present students with the option to arrive late to school or leave early, providing that they have fulfilled the necessary requirements.

The way the scheduling specifically works is that with course and standardized testing requirements met, one could have the option to use his or her first or sixth block class as “senior flex time”.  This is possible as a result of the school lowering its required number of graduation credits to 120, as per the state mandated requirement. Middletown has always held its students to a higher standard and has previously required seniors to have earned 140 credits to graduate.

This option, however, has sparked much debate.  It is not something that four-year colleges recommend. If you are planning to attend a four-year college, it should be advised that they do not particularly like students to opt-in to the flex program, mostly because they recommend that students should be involved in rigorous courses of study throughout their four years of high school.

If you are interested in the Senior Flex Program, a completed permission form is mandatory and it can be found here: https://www.middletownk12.org/Page/11316.