The Six-Day Schedule
The Middle School follows a six-day block cycle, which gives teachers the flexibility to incorporate both collaborative projects and individualized instruction into their courses. Because the block schedule both extends class meetings and spreads subjects out over longer periods, students have the time to better absorb complex material. The 85-minute length of each block allows ample opportunity for all three of the elements of deep learning: planning, exploration, and reflection.
The academic day begins in the Middle School at 8 a.m. except for Wednesdays, when the day begins at 8:45 a.m. (complimentary before-school child care is offered to all Middle School families on Wednesday mornings). Students begin in their advisories for a fifteen-minute check in and overview of the day before starting the first 85-minute academic block. The 45-minute "X Period" allows time for assemblies, activities, and formal advisory programming before the second academic block. Every day includes a 30-minute lunch period and a 30-minute music class, followed by the third academic block. Each day ends with a study hall in advisory group--a time for students to do their homework or meet with teachers for extra help.