Middle School Schedule

Middle School Schedule
Posted on 03/26/2024
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As you know, we have been exploring a possible change in the school schedule for next year that will help address our students’ instructional needs. Moving from an 8-period schedule to a 7-period schedule would allow students more core instructional time and give them an advisory period for social emotional learning. 

The proposed new 7-period schedule offers several significant benefits

* Additional core instructional minutes that add up to more than 3 weeks of instructional time per year

* Mirrors high school schedule with an advisory period and a couple days of longer classes

* Offers important social emotional instruction that will help students with coping strategies and mental health

* Replaces the very short periods that currently exist on Mondays and allow teachers to check in with all their classes at both the beginning and end of week.

It is true that the 7-period schedule will reduce the number of electives for some students by one. It’s important to remember that students will be more likely to get one of their top choices for electives with the new schedule. Also, every student is guaranteed to have at least one elective. 

Please click here to share your additional considerations for us as we work through the logistics of a new schedule. 

* Click here for a recording of the April 1 Townhall meeting with Dr. Rudolph and the middle school principals and assistant principals
* Click here for a video of middle school students interviewing Dr. Rudolph about the middle school schedule
* Click here to view presentation slides (presentation slides in Spanish)

* Click here for frequently asked questions about the proposed schedule

The next step: The Middle School Scheduling Committee, which includes our middle school teachers, will discuss the input from staff, parents, students and the Board of Trustees. The committee will then make further recommendations. We will keep you updated.

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