Walk into a typical high school, and you see students hustling from class to class. With a traditional high school schedule, students may have seven classes at a time. That’s sort of like having seven different bosses.
High school is hard enough without the constant ringing of bells, causing the entire student body to get up, pack up, and move on. Not to mention conforming to the standards of all of these different ‘bosses’ within a course of a day.
With so much rushing around, there may be little time for students to receive extra help, work on a passion project, or make a connection with a teacher. In this article we’re going to look at some flexible high school schedule examples. We’ll discuss each schedule type, briefly address the pros and cons of each schedule, and look at how they can be more flexible. You could use these as a template when planning out your own school’s schedule.
Why Examine High School Schedule Examples?
Students and teachers alike need a break in the day, to take a minute out of the hustle and bustle to focus on what is really important.
For some students, that may be getting extra help in math class (geometry is no joke at this level!).
For other students, they may need time with the counseling department to work on their mental health.
Still others would like to join a group of students in Creative Writing or learn a new skill.
One element that all these ideas have in common is time. High schools may be considering ways to step back a bit from the traditional fast-paced bell schedule and give students some Flex time during the day. This time would help build relationships, enrich learning and more, without anyone having to stay after school. Below, let’s take a look at some common high school schedule examples, the pros and cons of each, and some ways to make them more flexible.
This could help your school as it examines its own schedule, looks for different options, and tries to find ways to maximize time for what students really need.
A period schedule typically consists of 8 or 9 periods throughout the school day, usually about 45 minutes in length.
Students go from class to class, and most students have seven classes in their schedules.
This means that they have seven different teachers with seven different teaching styles, so there is a lot of variety in the day. It also means that students are making a lot of transitions, and just when they get into a project, it is time to move on to the next class.