Students given the option to take more classes before or after normal hours

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Usually students dread going into school early, but Madison City Students asked for it. So school system leaders decided to extend the school day to give students the option to come in early or stay late.

Jennifer Farner is in 11th grade at James Clemens High School, and she realized, "So I will get to school at 7 and leave around 5." In order to take all the class she wants, she has to put in the extra time. Students and school leaders are excited about the new program.

Heather Donaldson is the coordinator of secondary instruction, and she says, "Our students can take a zero block class, which starts before the official school day begins. Or they can take a fifth block class, which starts after the official school day ends and they have the option to take online classes."

This option will help the students have more flexible schedules. "So if they want to take band and/or athletics all four years of school, in the past they may have had conflicts with AP classes or some of our career tech classes. With options open, they will be able to take some of those required classes before or after school or online," says Donaldson.

School leaders say they plan to add more classes to choose from next year if the new program is successful.

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