What Should My Teen Expect With a Block Schedule?

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When new students come to Templeton Academy, they are often unfamiliar with our approach to scheduling the school day. We use an innovative system known as block scheduling that is increasingly being adopted by some of the best public and private high schools.  Here are the questions that families have about this system and our responses to them:

What is a block schedule?

A block schedule is a new system for scheduling that is becoming more common in high-schools today. It is an alternative to a traditional schedule of six or seven 40 – 50 minute daily periods. In a block schedule, the class periods are longer (90 – 150 minutes), and various options are available to meet fewer times each day and week. By reorganizing the school day into more extended periods, students are more engaged in deep learning.

How does Templeton Academy’s block schedule work?

Templeton Academy uses a form of block scheduling. Here’s what it looks like:

  • In our system, there are four terms in each school year and  each term is 45 school days or 9 -10 weeks.
  • During each term, students take just two courses, and each course meets during one of the two class periods (2 hrs 20 minutes each), five days a week.
  • Each day includes 3 class periods, with one of them being a Flex Period, primarily to do homework and work on special projects which are often collaborative.

What are the benefits of block scheduling?

Block scheduling is advantageous for both teachers and students.

Teachers can utilize more varied or innovative instructional techniques when class periods are longer. For example, they can

  • cover more content with fewer interruptions,
  • provide students with more attention and one-on-one support,
  • engage students in more sustained, in-depth learning activities, and
  • utilize more sophisticated projects, teamwork-based exercises, or other activities that could not be easily completed in 40 or 50 minutes.

Our block approach allows students to spend several hours a day on each subject, giving them a chance to explore critical questions and deepen their understanding of complex topics. Our students have time to form into groups, collaborate and produce projects. As they become more familiar with one another a sense of community develops.

Student-teacher relationships can be stronger because students get the personal attention and support they may need to succeed in a course. When teachers and students develop collaborative relationships built on respect, students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning both in the classroom and beyond. 



About Templeton Academy

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Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school with locations on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and in Nashville, TN. It offers an academically rigorous curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration. The small class sizes ensure that each student has a front row seat in classes with an average size of 10. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish. Schedule a visit soon.

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