Last updated: Aug 7
Note: New content in bold
Class sizes will range from 5–14 depending on the course, so class sizes have been halved for social distancing. The Middle School is transitioning from trimesters to semesters this year because trimester courses would lose too much time in the plan below.
Middle School students will be changing classes during the day because of electives and various levels of other courses.
Students will have a 10-class schedule each semester. On each day students will have five hour-long classes plus advisory first thing each morning, alternating Odd and Even days so they will have advisory and periods 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 one day, and advisory and 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 the next. The class periods each day will not rotate from day to day; this is a set schedule. This schedule will align with the Upper School schedule, too (Odd/Even, not necessarily the number of classes or times), so an Odd day in our calendar is also Odd at the Upper School.
Students will have one Study Session in their schedule on an Odd or Even day. These will be supervised study halls for homework, or could be used for individual pull-out interventions or enrichment, counselor appointments, etc.
Students will have the original eight classes they registered for last spring or this summer, while 7th graders will take an additional health class and 8th graders may gain another elective. More information to come later.
Students will never have the same class on back-to-back days, and the schedule should provide clarity and predictability for homework, self-management, etc. We are excited about the schedule and what it might do for learners and faculty!
Teachers will utilize Schoology and many digital tools used in distance learning (e.g., assignment distribution/collection) to support in-person students and those learning from home.
This schedule and study sessions will benefit students in several ways, while also cutting class sizes almost in half. Advisories meet daily at 8:40, which will include chapel and related conversations, community building, and other advisory curriculum and activities.
Here is an example of a Middle schooler’s potential class list each day (order will vary for each student):
3rd Period (12:00–1:00pm)
|3rd Period (11:25–11:55am)
3rd Period (12:30–1:00pm)
|3rd Period (11:25am–12:25pm)
Other changes with this schedule:
- For phy ed, students will not change clothes.
- Bible will be taught the whole year vs. two trimesters.
- Former one trimester courses will now be one semester.
- All 7th graders will take a one semester health class, with previous health content pulled from our 7th grade PE and science courses.
- Students will have recess every day, in some form or another.
- 8th graders will gain an elective course, to be determined soon
- We will lower class sizes significantly for social distancing, but continue to offer exploration, personalization, and a focus on our mission and core values.
***Advisors will provide student schedules at Family Orientation Days on August 25th and 26th.