Real learning takes time. The deep inquiry, sustained investigation of complex problems, and critical analytical thought which is the hallmark of Bay’s academic program led us to build our schedule around 80-minute class blocks. Our new schedule, rolling out in the fall of 2018, will allow students to take 5 courses per term. Each course will meet three times per week, along with two Immersive
Our block schedule minimizes the amount of class time lost to transitions and allows students to focus deeply on fewer subjects at a time. Even more importantly, the 80-minute class blocks allow for the kind of creative teaching and engaged learning that cannot occur in a shorter period: field trips, extended experiments, student-initiated projects, in-class writing and research, thoughtful debates and discussions, design activities and open-ended projects which require students to persist through setbacks and obstacles.
The block schedule also designates time for student-advisor conferences, clubs, and tutorials. The 9th- and 10th-grade schedule includes a flex period of monitored study hall several times a week, designed to help them develop and hone time-management skills. Our 11th- and 12th-graders have free time during flex periods and built in time to meet with the college counseling team.