Since Bay’s first fall in 2004, an innovative schedule has driven the student experience. Bay’s faculty and staff continue to innovate our schedule and program with attention to the educational watchwords of the 21st century: integrated, authentic, innovative, and flexible. Some of our primary goals include increasing opportunities for experiential, project-based, and interdisciplinary learning while maintaining our strengths in the acquisition of foundational skills and a reasonable pace to the year.
In 2018, after thorough research including input from parents and students, and review of dynamic schedule models from around the country, Bay launched Schedule 2.0, a new schedule that includes more expansive blocks of time for true 21st century learning with time for work off campus, opportunities to engage with experts in a given field, and the ability to focus on extended projects.
In a semester schedule, Immersives occur twice per year for three weeks at a time. In each of these three-week terms, one in January and one in late May/early June, students take a single academic course for a grade and credit, all day every day for three weeks. Known as “J-term” at the college level, these courses of extended study provide great variety and depth for students. Courses include a ninth grade course on immigration and the impact of economics, politics, geography, and society on a family's decision to emigrate; a tenth grade course in which students attempt to answer, "Why do we still read Shakespeare?," by exploring the themes and values from Shakespeare's works that permeate our world and partnering with theater professionals create their own adaptations "unbound" from historical context; a Buddhism course in which students study Buddhist teachings and philosophy, practice mindfulness and meditation, and visit local Buddhist communities to hear from practitioners; and, Mathematics of Democracy, in which students study current and proposed voting and representation schemes through a mathematical lens to understand how an individual or group can make decisions and impact policy.
While Immersives provide exceptional, unique opportunities for Bay students to dive deeply into an area, we also integrated Project Weeks into our schedule. These weeks provide students with a full half-day period over the course of a week. Project Weeks provide additional space and dedicated time for students and teachers to deepen authentic, flexible, and integrated learning experiences into their core classes.
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