20-21 Class Scheduling Survey

Block Schedule

Recent studies have provided data that supports claims regarding the powerful impact that school schedules have on student achievement. As a result, we are considering the feasibility and implementation of a block schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. In an effort to support our research on scheduling alternatives to improve student learning and achievement we have provided a list of Pros and Cons associated with Block Scheduling. Please review the information below and complete the attached survey. Your feedback is essential and welcomed in an effort to ensure the academic success of our students.

Click here to complete the 20-21 Block Schedule Parent/Student Survey.

PROS of BLOCK SCHEDULING

Teachers have fewer students during the school day, thereby giving them more time for individual instruction as well as social distancing.

Additional planning time for teachers.

Longer class periods will offer an opportunity for the completion of learning activities in one class period.

Students have fewer tests, quizzes and homework assignments to prepare for as a result of a limited class load (4 classes instead of 7 classes each semester).

The teacher is able to provide more varied instruction during class. There is more opportunity for differentiated instruction even in a blended or virtual environment.

A limited number of class changes (transitions) reduces the likelihood of disease transmission, disruption and/or disorderly behavior in the hallway.

Block Scheduling provides more opportunity for students to obtain credit when a credit course has been missed/unsuccessfully completed during previous years. This will ultimately aid in a timely graduation.

Overall improvement in student attendance.

CONS of BLOCK SCHEDULING

Students find it harder to makeup classwork when absent from class.

More time needed to plan for bell-to-bell instruction in a traditional setting.

May have issues scheduling AP courses (exams are only offered in the Spring).

Planning for success