Rethinking Time for Expeditionary Learning
Centennial was in dire trouble in 2011-2012, when it ranked in the bottom five percent of Denver metro schools. The district’s school board moved the school into the redesign process, requiring all staff to reapply for their positions. Centennial chose to reinvent itself using the Expeditionary Learning model and by participating in the TIME Collaborative. The staff divided each day’s core academics into two areas of focus: humanities and math. Centennial also divided the school year into five eight-week sessions, with students rotating between enrichments in each session. New community partnerships were formed that allowed the school to extend the school year and give teachers more time for planning and professional development. Enrollment has increased and Centennial is confident test scores will show improvements in student achievement.