The school day will begin at 8:30 a.m., a start time that is later than our peer schools and responds to research on learning and sleep.
The new schedule retains daily physical education, which research suggests is developmentally responsive to children and emphasizes the connection between physical activity and cognitive processing.
This time is blocked off for assemblies and all-school chapels, but not every Wednesday has a community gathering. On those days, that 65-minute block of time, which we call "Time by Design," can be used in a variety of ways, self-selected by our students and for professional development for our teachers.
A strength of the Intermediate School curriculum, Design Science three times a week supports the development of design thinking skills that apply beyond the science classroom.
A hallmark of Responsive Classroom, the new schedule retains dedicated time for morning and closing meetings in homeroom classrooms.
The Intermediate School's longtime emphasis on homeroom blocks exceeding 60 minutes is foundational to the 65-minute class periods that will now be standard in the Middle and Upper schools.