Flex Time allows students greater flexibility in scheduling their make-up work, club meetings, studies, and other needs. In South Carolina, the Clover School District is considering a Flexible Learning Experience, also known as Flex.
“The idea is to find the best way to meet the needs of all of our students,” said public information officer Bryan Dillon. “It helps them to take more ownership of their education as well.”
When students cannot stay after school or come early because of work or transportation schedules, they miss the opportunity to get extra help or participate in activities. Flex Time enables them to participate in activities and obtain extra help they need with their studies.
“It’s a personalized learning approach that seeks to maximize the minutes of the school day for students for a variety of purposes,” said Clover High School Principal Rod Ruth. “Students are so involved with so many things.”
The idea has been received favorably by the school board, and will be tested during the final quarter of the present school year.
“Schools want to be student-centered learning environments that allow students to make their own informed decisions, as this is the situation they will face when they graduate high school,” said Ryan Brown, chief communications officer for the S.C. Department of Education. “Time management is a skill that is often a key to academic success at colleges and universities.”