Menlo rolled out new schedules in 2016 in both the Middle and Upper Schools.
At the conclusion of a very in-depth and thoughtful process designed to enhance students’ educational experience, we are excited about the opportunities and benefits the new schedules offer our students, including greater balance, a slower daily pace, and a little more time for sleep. We also hope to enrich the student experience by giving students and teachers more time to cultivate even stronger relationships with one another and to allow for deeper dives into the curriculum by extending class periods.
Features of the New Schedules
- A later start time (8:20 am) will help our students get more sleep.
- A rotating schedule will benefit 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.
- A new computer science program will be 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) will help our students get more sleep.
- Four class meetings per day (instead of the current five or six) will allow 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.
- A long lunch period (45 minutes) will accommodate time for clubs, meetings, and community building.
- Increased tutorial time and teacher office hours give students and teachers more time.
- Flexibility to run special schedules that allow for more guest speakers and special assemblies.
- View the Upper School schedule.