VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Beach Schools are preparing for the possibility of changing the high school schedule next year.

The Virginia Beach City Public Schools' High School Master Schedule Committee presented a proposal to the School Board Wednesday to redesign the master schedule for all high schools for the 2013-14 school year.

The proposed schedule would increase the length of the high school day for students and alter the current A/B schedule.

The committee developed this recommendation to address new state-mandated high school graduation requirements and to provide increased opportunities for credit recovery.

Elements of the proposed schedule include:

The addition of 15 minutes to the high school students' daily schedule (7:20 a.m.-2:10 p.m.);

No time added to the elementary and middle schools, however adjusted start and dismissal times to accommodate a new transportation schedule for high schools (elementary 'A' 8:10 a.m.-2:40 p.m.; elementary 'B' 8:40 a.m.-3:10 p.m.; middle schools 9:20 a.m.-3:50 p.m.)

High school students taking six to eight classes with a daily lunch block;

The addition of select 4x4 courses for credit recovery;

Increased opportunities for high school students to take electives or earn certifications.

The proposal is addressed in detail on

It is anticipated the School Board will vote on the proposed schedule at its Dec. 4 meeting.

If approved, the guidance counselors at the high schools would begin scheduling students using the hybrid schedule for the 2013-2014 school year.

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