It’s about Time! Menlo’s daily schedules are designed to offer more sleep, greater balance, and a slower daily pace.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Menlo is adjusting its schedule to accommodate hybrid and distance learning. For hybrid learning weeks, the Middle School will follow this schedule and then return to this distance learning schedule for distance learning weeks. The Upper School will use this schedule for both distance and hybrid learning weeks.
Both the Middle and Upper School feature daily block schedules designed to enrich the student experience by giving students and teachers time to cultivate stronger relationships with one another and allow for deeper dives into the curriculum with extended class periods. Here are some features of our schedules in each division:
- A later start time (8:20 am) helps our students get more sleep.
- A rotating schedule benefits students by having classes at different times during the seven-day block rotation.
- Advocacy check-in begins each day, giving advocates the opportunity to take attendance and check in on how students are doing. Students can ease into their day more prepared for the work of school, and it’s a nice and important way to start each day.
- Instructional time has been lengthened to 65 minutes to create opportunities for deeper dives into curriculum and opportunities for more project-based learning. It also reduces the number of transitions students experience in a day, helping to slow the pace down a bit.
- More tutorial time for students to reach out to their teachers and get the individual support they need.
- A new computer science program is offered at all grade levels to help prepare students for the changing technological world.
- View the Middle School schedule.
- A later start time (8:30 am) helps our students get more sleep.
- Four class meetings per day (instead of the current five or six) allows students to prepare for fewer classes each day and be pulled in fewer directions.
- Instructional time is lengthened to 70 minutes per class to create opportunities for deeper dives into curriculum and slow the pace by reducing the number of transitions students experience in a day.
- More tutorial time and increased teacher office hours for students to reach out to their teachers and get the individual support they need.
- A long lunch period (45 minutes) accommodates time for clubs, meetings, and community building.
- Flexibility to run special schedules that allow for more guest speakers and special assemblies.
- View the Upper School schedule.