PONTOTOC, Miss. (WTVA) -- Around five years ago, high schools in Mississippi started going to a block schedule, featuring college prepatory classes.
In Mississippi more high schools are moving towards a common core curriculum.
This is all being done to help the next generation be better prepared for the future.
"Our number one goal is to have a college and career ready student," said Paul Henry Principal at Pontotoc High School.
Henry says the school is operating on a modified block schedule to achieve that goal.
That means students now have more opportunities such as dual credit, ACT Prep, debate, and more AP classes.
"When they get to that fork in the road when they choose what college they want to go to, we want them to have that individual choice, to choose what they would like to do in life," said Henry.
The block schedule has been in place for just under a week at Pontotoc High School and students already notice a difference in their academics.
"I have block period with ACT Prep and it's helping me to focus more and get excited for college. We know college is going to be block schedule and it's just helping me a lot," said student Karlee Grisham.
"It's been really great. And, the extra time was very much needed," said Robert Flemming, student.
To ensure a smooth transition to the modified block schedule, planning and preparation are two key components in order to help students reach their full potential.
"The faculty is doing a really great job and working really hard to make sure that we are getting all the information and everything we need," adds Fleming. "[This is all done] to help us with our college classes as well."
Princial Henry says so far the new schedule affords students more time in the classroom and benefits students and faculty.
Pontotoc High School has just over 660 students in grades 9 through 12.
There are different schedules so each student has at least one college preparatory class per year.