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4-Bell Collegiate Schedule Model

Collegiate Model

Students learn more effectively in the collegiate model of scheduling

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.
Unlike an A/B block schedule where students take up to eight classes at a time, students in the collegiate model take the same four classes each day for a semester; then, in the next semester, have the opportunity to take four new classes.
  • Teachers and students have both the time and the means to integrate modern technology whether it is research, making presentations, having discussions, completing a lab, writing a paper, or taking a field trip in the neighborhood to spots like the Krohn Conservatory, Mirror Lake in Eden Park, The Cincinnati Art Museum, or Playhouse on the Park.
  • Taking four subjects at a time allows students to manage and master the subjects.
  • Teachers have fewer students at any given time, so they are better able to know each student and her progress individually.
  • Students are prepared for the length of a typical college class and the depth in which a topic is covered.
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.

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.

Saint Ursula Academy has modified the collegiate model to include traditional class scheduling for courses that introduce skills-based content needed for further study. These courses, which meet for 40 minutes each day all year, include Algebra 1, first-level world languages, chorus and orchestra. 
Schoology® 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 Schoology®.