But Foose said sectional classes, including the arts and music, have not been altered.

In order to carve out 30 minutes in the schedule for world language instruction, five minutes from every other class was trimmed, but sectional courses have not been touched, Foose said.

While sectional class time remains untouched, the general music and arts classes for most students will be reduced from 60 minutes to 45 minutes per week, according to Howard County Education Association President Paul Lemle.

"We know students benefit from arts instruction; so we share the concern of our parent community about this cut," he said in a statement.

HCEA does not have a formal position on this pilot program, but Lemle added the organization is also concerned with technology classes being eliminated as technology instruction will be "infused into content."

"It is unclear whether this change will benefit students, or whether technology and content area teachers will be able to plan their lessons collaboratively in the new schedule," Lemle said.

Foose acknowledged the program is "very much in its infancy," but she has been encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by students and staff at Ducketts Lane.

Foose clarified that this model is a pilot and she would have to see results before expanding the program to more elementary schools.

"We have some trailblazing schools that are willing to embrace the model and work out the details of it," she said. "Before I would consider expanding, I would like to see that we get it right here."

More information on the model can be found online at http://www.hcpss.org/academics/elementary-model.