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Schedule

Real learning takes time. The deep inquiry, sustained investigation of complex problems, and critical, creative thought that are hallmarks of Bay’s academic program have created Bay's daily schedule with 80-minute class blocks. Each semester, students may take 5 courses that meet three times per week, along with two Immersive academic courses. 

Bay's schedule allows students to focus deeply on fewer subjects at a time. More importantly, the 80-minute class blocks allow for the kind of creative teaching and learning we know is most effective for students: field trips, extended experiments, student-initiated projects, in-class writing and research, thoughtful debates and discussions, and design activities and open-ended projects which require students to persist through setbacks and obstacles. 

The schedule also designates time for student-advisor conferences, clubs, and tutorials. The ninth and tenth grade schedule, for example, includes a flex period of monitored study hall several times a week, designed to help Bay's younger students develop and hone time-management skills. Our eleventh and twelfth grade students may choose how to use their flex periods and have meeting times with the college counseling team built into their schedules.