The collegiate model provides four longer, typically, 80 minute classes per day – sufficient time to stimulate and develop thought and discussion, to write an in-class essay independently, to work cooperatively in solving a math problem, or to complete a science laboratory session with a partner.
Students can take and master more courses in the collegiate model, allowing for students to take two sequential math or foreign language courses in one academic year. Many students are able to take “five years” of math, science, or foreign language courses, resulting in more students qualifying for Advanced Placement courses, especially in math and foreign language.
According to the Bulletin of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (December 2005), extensive research shows that the type of schedule we utilize “provide(s) students with an advantage over traditional and A/B schedules regarding reading and mathematics achievement.” Moreover, this type of scheduling “results in better non-academic outcomes (e.g. positive class climate and enhanced instructional opportunities) than does traditional scheduling.” Our statistics show that scores in all standardized tests taken by our students have increased with the implementation of the 4 bell collegiate model scheduling.
Blackboard® and PowerSchool® connect students, parents, and teachers. Teachers use these programs to post grades, list assignments and distribute materials. Students and parents can obtain up-to-date class averages through PowerSchool®. Students and parents can obtain class assignments and handouts on Blackboard®.