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Coleman To Adopt the 12-Year Plan

(from the Coleman High School “Round-Up” – January, 13, 1941)

Beginning in September 1941, the Coleman School system will be upon a twelve year grade instead of an eleven year grade plan, which has been recommended by the State Department of Education.  However, the changes will be gradual and it will be approximately nine years before the difference can be noted.

The present work of the system will be stretched over the twelve instead of the eleven grades.  Thus, the present work of each grade will be simplified in difficulty and enriched in content.  The pre-primer grade under the new plan will include a longer time given to building reading readiness and the present high first grade work will be shifted to the second grade level.  The change has been made because the present course, planned for the seven year old first grades, has always been too difficult for six year old children.

Thus, the work that has been done in the first three grades of school will be taught in four.  There will still be four grades in high school but they will be the ninth through the twelfth instead of the eighth through the eleventh.  Next year’s seniors will be in the twelfth instead of the eleventh grade.

(Note from Ralph Terry, your CHS historian:  In reading this article in 2001, I wondered how this worked?  If it was going to take nine years for the difference to be noted, then how was it done?  In talking with a student who was in the 2nd grade when the 12th grade was added, she said she skipped the 3rd grade and went to the 4th grade.  So it appears that grade 12 was added and everyone skipped a grade, as 6 year olds had been going at this time.

Even in the early annuals, the high school classes were called Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and, Seniors.  So before 1942, apparently the 8, 9, 10 and 11 graders called Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, and after this time the 9, 10, 11 and 12 graders were called Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.)

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