The new master schedule at Grandview Heights High School means more time for intervention and slightly less for instruction.

The new master schedule at Grandview Heights High School means more time for intervention and slightly less for instruction.

Principal Ken Chaffin presented an overview of the impact of the high school's master schedule and its 1:1 initiative at the March 17 school board meeting.

The master schedule was designed to provide for more elective opportunities, an increase in high-rigor coursework and fewer course conflicts for students.

The high school has an eight-period day on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, with each period lasting 45 minutes.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays are block instructional days with longer periods lasting 85 minutes each to meet the demands of time-intensive labs and projects.

A 27-minute opening period on those days also offers students additional academic opportunities, including intervention.

The feedback from students and teachers indicates the block portion of the schedule has increased the depth of learning, Chaffin said. The addition of more hands-on learning activities is another asset, he said.

"The embedded intervention (in the schedule) is a positive to those students who take advantage of it," he said.

The schedule means about 14 fewer instructional minutes per week, "but we knew that going in," Chaffin said.

Intervention time has increased by 54 minutes per week, he said.

The new format also means that 169 more courses are being taken by students this year over the 2013-14 school year, Chaffin said.

About 2.1 percent more A grades have been earned, but there also are a few more D and F grades, he said.

Under the high school's new 1:1 initiative, every student has been issued an Internet-ready Chromebook to use in class and at home during their years at high school.

In surveys of students and staff, several themes were common, Chaffin said.

Students and staff members "feel incredibly fortunate" to have the 1:1 initiative in place, he said.

1:1 learning "has broadened our ability to bring the world to Grandview and further the global competencies within our students," Chaffin said.

Learning has been positively impacted because students now have 24/7 access to lesson material and resources, he said.

Students also are finding their ability to take the next step toward a higher-quality project "has become realistic and attainable," he said.

Chaffin did not mention in his oral report one problem that has arisen with the 1:1 initiative, but it was included in the written staff report presented to board members.

The laptop computers have required more repairs than expected, the report notes, but the manufacturer has confirmed the issues relate to a manufacturing problem and has agreed to replace every computer that has not been repaired, free of charge.