School days for Baltimore County high school students will be significantly different next year when Superintendent Dallas Dance imposes a uniform, eight-class schedule throughout the district.
The move allows students to squeeze in more lessons. That could help transfer students who had to drop classes when they moved to schools with shorter schedules or failing students who are falling behind in the credits they need for graduation, proponents say.
School officials said the shift also makes better use of the teaching staff.
"Our focus is to give our students as much access and opportunity as we can," said Maria Lowry, assistant superintendent in charge of high schools.