The Six-Day Schedule
A child's academic day follows a six-day rotating schedule--the sample at right is a typical Grade 3 schedule. The rotation allows for optimum focus on the core academic subjects (math, language arts, and social studies) in the homeroom with plenty of time for the "specialist" courses in science, Spanish, art, music and movement, physical education, and library. The rotation also provides time for twice-weekly assemblies, the beloved "Mini", as well as recess and the open playtime so important for young children.
School begins at 8 a.m. (except for late-start Wednesdays, when school begins at 8:45 a.m.), with complimentary before-school care offered to all families every morning that school is in session. Students usually begin in the homeroom with an all-class Morning Meeting, and then move through the rotation according to the schedule. Every day includes a 30-minute lunch period and 30 minutes of outdoor play during recess. Time is set aside at the end of the day for checking in with homeroom teachers, straightening up the classroom, and planning for the next day. School ends at 3 p.m., when children are picked up by parents, board their buses, or attend the popular Adventure Kids after-school program (the after-school program is fee-based). Students in Grade 5 may also have athletic practice for the interscholastic teams that are offered for both girls and boys.