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Upper School Bell Schedule

M, T, Th, F
8-8:30 a.m., Zero Hour
8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:20 a.m., End of Activities for all
12 p.m., End of Lunch B
12:20 p.m., End of Class Session 3 A
1 p.m., End of Class Session 3 B/Lunch A
2 p.m.
2:10 p.m.
3:10 p.m.

Wed
8:45-9:15 a.m., Zero Hour
9:15 a.m.
10:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m., End of class
11:20 a.m., End of Break
12 p.m., End of Lunch B
12:20 p.m., End of Class Session 3 A
1 p.m., End of Class Session 3 B/Lunch A
2 p.m.
2:10 p.m.
3:10 p.m.

FAQs

What are the start and end times for each campus?

Start and end times at the Lower School Ponte Vedra Beach Campus remain unchanged.

However, the Lower School Whitehurst Campus school day will begin at 8 a.m. All Whitehurst classrooms will open at 7:50 a.m. to welcome students. Flag raising will be at 8:05 a.m. For dismissal, Pre-Kindergarten students will dismiss at noon, Kindergarten students will dismiss at 2 p.m., Grades 1-4 will dismiss at 2:45 p.m. and Grade 5 will dismiss at 2:55 p.m. Extended Day is offered in the morning beginning at 7:15 a.m. and in the afternoons until 5:30 p.m.

All days except Wednesday, on the Middle School Bartram Campus and Upper School San Jose Campus, Zero Hour begins at 8 a.m. and classes begin at 8:30 a.m. Middle School classes end at 3 p.m. and Upper School classes end at 3:10 p.m.

On Wednesdays (Late Start), Middle School classes begin at 8:55 a.m. Upper School Zero Hour begins at 8:45 a.m. and Upper School classes begin at 9:15 a.m. Middle School classes end at 3 p.m. and Upper School classes end at 3:10 p.m.

Senior off-campus privileges will continue to operate as they have in the past.

What is Zero Hour and when does it occur?

Zero Hour is a significant value added benefit of the Bolles education in the middle and upper schools. This block of time in the morning before classes begin provides an opportunity for students to receive immediate help in any subject area, an uninterrupted block of time for academic assistance and/or individual research or simply a chance to interact with friends before the academic day. Additionally, Zero Hour offers a parent an excellent opportunity to meet with a teacher, advisor or counselor in order to solve a problem together. Select upper school campus facilities are open for student use at 7:15 a.m. (7:30 a.m. at the middle school), including the dining halls and libraries for research and/or study.

How many days are in the new schedule rotation?

Middle and upper school classes will rotate over seven days, A through G. Students will have five class periods each day, meaning students will have fewer classes for which to prepare for each night. Each class will meet five times in seven days.

Why is there a late start every Wednesday?

Late starts at the middle and upper schools each Wednesday serve two main purposes. The first is that by starting later on Wednesdays, we hope to allow students an opportunity to get more sleep in the middle of the week and enjoy a less stressful start to the day. The second purpose is that the late starts allow us to hold faculty meetings, collaboration sessions, and professional development before school when there are fewer scheduling conflicts.

How early can students arrive at school?

The lower school morning Extended Day program will continue to begin at 7:15 a.m., and all lower school students may access their classrooms at 8 a.m.

Middle and upper school students can continue to arrive before Zero Hour. Middle school students are asked not to arrive before 7:30 a.m. and should report to the cafeteria or library prior to Zero Hour. The Bent Center Canteen, Verlander Dining Hall, and Swisher Library are open for upper school students starting at 7:15 a.m.

How will the new schedule impact bus and shuttle service?

Morning bus routes and times will not change. Afternoon routes will be adjusted accordingly.

Morning and afternoon shuttle times between campuses will change slightly to ensure that students are able to attend all academic classes.

Additional information on specific routes and times will be available on the website soon.

How will the extended activities period be used?

Extending the activities periods will have immediate and significant payoffs. We will continue to utilize these times for special speakers and programs as well as honors convocations and pep rallies. It also will minimize the need for disruptive special schedules throughout the year. The longer block of time will also provide more time for clubs and advisories to meet as well as opportunities for morning meetings, off campus field trips, and peer-mentoring. We also can use the time as an extension of Zero Hour prior to the end of quarter and in preparation for exams. Campus Heads will be working this spring with their faculty members to plan out how each activities period will best be utilized.

How will the new schedule affect students with learning accommodations?

Learning accommodations will continue as offered.

How will early and extended day programs be affected?

Lower school early and extended day programs at both Whitehurst and Ponte Vedra remain unchanged.

The Middle School after school program will now occur on the Bartram Campus.

Does the new schedule change when exam periods occur?

The discussions surrounding the changes in the daily schedules have prompted rich and thoughtful consideration of how, why and when we give exams at Bolles. Throughout the Spring, we will continue to discuss moving first semester exams prior to Winter Break as well as ways to incorporate alternative forms of assessment throughout the school year. We hope to make a final decision regarding first semester exams by Spring Break. Any changes, however, will not alter the previously published Winter Break dates for the 2017-18 school year. We also are looking closely at the feasibility of moving all second semester exams for non-seniors prior to Commencement.

When do athletic practices take place?

Middle School athletic practices will take place from 3:15 – 5 p.m.

Upper School athletic practices will generally* take place from 3:30 – 5:45 p.m.

*Bolles swimmers may have a slightly different schedule, but practice lengths and frequency will be preserved.

Can students still have study halls or free periods?

Yes, students are still able to take the same number of academic classes as they did previously. Course and graduation requirements remain unchanged. Study halls will be available on both the middle and upper school campuses each period of the day.

Will middle school students still have to travel to the San Jose Campus for Upper School classes like Geometry?

No. In order to help middle school students be more efficient with their time, Bolles will offer sections of these courses (examples include Geometry, ESL, Dance) as needed on the middle school campus. This will cut down on time lost traveling between campuses and enable all middle school students to participate in middle school athletics if they so choose.

Will students and faculty be confused by the new schedules?

Students and faculty always have to readjust to their new schedules at the beginning of the School year, and this fall will be no different. We have consulted with many schools who have made similar changes and all stated that students and faculty acclimated quickly. It might be a bit exciting at the beginning, but we believe that after a few seven day rotations, things will settle into a comfortable (but new) routine. We will spend time this spring and at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year reviewing the schedule together. The identifying day of each cycle will be displayed in various locations on both campuses, and the schedule for the entire year will be available on the website and via Schoology.

Upper School Schedule Fast Facts

  • This new schedule does not change the pursuit of excellence in and out of the classroom.
  • New rotating schedule will go into effect in August 2017.
  • Schedule will rotate every 7 days, then repeat.
  • Each class meets 5 times in 7 days.
  • Current 45 minute classes will now be 60 minutes for upper school.
  • Zero Hour remains in place as a positive reinforcement for students.
  • The first class of the upper school schedule will start at 8:30 a.m. each day, except on Wednesdays when it starts at 9:15 a.m.
  • The upper school day will end at 3:10 p.m. every day.
  • By the school day ending earlier, students will be able to start after-school practices earlier—getting home sooner. In most cases, upper school practices begin at 3:30 p.m. and end at 5:45 p.m.
  • Students will have no more than two classes without a break.
  • Students are still able to take the same number of academic classes they do now. Course and graduation requirements remain unchanged.
  • Upper School students will also benefit from one extended class period (80 minutes) each quarter. These periods will allow teachers to offer larger group projects, labs, opportunities to collaborate across classes and grades, and pre-exam review sessions depending on the time of year.

Did you know?

  • The Bolles faculty have been collaborating this past year and a half on a variety of strategies in order to increase retention of information, develop skills and improve the classroom experience.
  • The new “late start Wednesdays” allow students to get more sleep mid-week and gives our faculty valuable learning and sharing time to enhance their teaching skills.
  • Our goal is to give students a variety of experiences and opportunities to learn so they are better prepared for college and life.
  • We continue to offer a variety of teaching styles at Bolles—from the Socratic Method to project based learning to utilizing alternative and traditional assessments--because we know children learn in different ways.
  • Longer classes will result in teachers and students being able to dive deeper into subjects, inspiring improved long-term learning and discussions.

Middle School Bell Schedule

M, T, Th, F
8-8:30 a.m., Zero Hour
8:30-9:25 a.m., 1st Block
9:30-10:25 a.m., 2nd Block
10:25-10:50 a.m., Activities
10:55-11:50 a.m., 3rd Block
Lunch/Recess/Study Hall
11:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
12:15-12:40 p.m.
12:40-1:05 p.m.

1:05-2 p.m., 4th Block
2:05-3 p.m., 5th Block

Wed
No Zero Hour
8:55-9:50 a.m., 1st Block
9:55-10:50 a.m., 2nd Block
No Activities
10:55-11:50 a.m., 3rd Block
Lunch/Recess/Study Hall
11:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
12:15-12:40 p.m.
12:40-1:05 p.m.

1:05-2 p.m., 4th Block
2:05-3 p.m., 5th Block

Updates and Additional Information

Online access to your child's schedule
Accessing an online version of the rotating schedule that lists your child’s specific courses on future class days is done through MyBackpack.Click the PDF link for a step by step guide on accessing.

ONLINE ACCESS

Updated Schedule Notes
Please note the following adjustments to the student planners. We have updated the online versions. We made every effort to review all dates and times prior to printing and will continue to do our best to limit changes as we move forward.

1. Our first set of extended days in the Middle and Upper Schools will occur on Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22. The class times published in the planners are incorrect. The correct schedules for both Middle and Upper School (including lunches) can be found in the PDF below.

UPDATED SEPT 21-22 SCHEDULE

2. Wednesday, October 11 will not be a late start day for Middle and Upper School students. To accommodate PSAT testing and Make a Difference Day as well as Middle School activities, we will be starting at 8:15 a.m.

3. The end date for the first quarter (Q1) is incorrectly listed as Tuesday, October 17. The correct end date is Wednesday, October 18.

4. Monday, November 20 is incorrectly listed as a C rotation. It should be an A rotation.

5. Tuesday, November 21 is incorrectly listed as a D rotation. It should be a B rotation.

Middle School Schedule Fast Facts

  • This new schedule does not change the pursuit of excellence in and out of the classroom.
  • New rotating schedule will go into effect in August 2017.
  • Schedule will rotate every 7 days, then repeat.
  • Each class meets 5 times in 7 days.
  • Current 45 minute classes will now be 55 minutes for middle school.
  • Zero Hour remains in place as a positive reinforcement for our students.
  • The library and dining hall continue to remain open before classes begin.
  • Each student will have a lunch, break and study hall/Advisory period.
  • The first class of the middle school schedule will start at 8:30 a.m. each day, except on Wednesdays when it starts at 8:55 a.m.
  • The middle school day will end at 3 p.m.
  • By the school day ending earlier, students will be able to start after-school practices earlier—getting home sooner. In most cases, middle school practices begin at 3:15 p.m. and end at 5:15 p.m.
  • Students will have no more than two classes without a break.
  • Middle school students will no longer travel to San Jose for upper school classes. Bolles will offer sections of these courses as needed at Bartram. (Exs: Geometry, ESL, Dance…)
  • The middle school after school program will now occur on the Bartram Campus.
  • Students are still able to take the same number of academic classes they do now. Course and graduation requirements remain unchanged.
  • Middle School students will also benefit from one extended class period (75 minutes) each quarter. These periods will allow teachers to offer larger group projects, labs, opportunities to collaborate across classes and grades, and pre-exam review sessions depending on the time of year.

Did you know?

  • The Bolles faculty have been collaborating this past year and a half on a variety of strategies in order to increase retention of information, develop skills and improve the classroom experience.
  • The new “late start Wednesdays” allow students to get more sleep mid-week and gives our faculty valuable learning and sharing time to enhance their teaching skills.
  • Our goal is to give students a variety of experiences and opportunities to learn so they are better prepared for college and life.
  • We continue to offer a variety of teaching styles at Bolles—from the Socratic Method to project based learning to utilizing alternative and traditional assessments--because we know children learn in different ways.
  • Longer classes will result in teachers and students being able to dive deeper into subjects, inspiring improved long-term learning and discussions.
Dear Bolles Parents,

We celebrate and savor our rich traditions of excellence and, through strategic planning, we also carefully consider changes in the educational landscape in preparing our students for college and life. As you know, our 2015-16 Strategic Plan is guiding our decisions over the next 3-5 years.

Our “Bolles Experience” Goal reads:To ensure a relevant and student-centered educational experience, Bolles will maximize the value of established approaches, and continue to combine them with new experiences, technology and ways of learning.

A key strategy on scheduling under this goal reads: Think creatively and comprehensively about schedule, time and calendar to promote the most balanced teaching and learning experience possible.

I believe our community has done just that over the past year and I am pleased to share the final drafts of our new middle and upper school daily schedules. (While lower school schedules will remain largely unchanged, lower school will follow the same day rotation schedule as middle and upper school. This allows our students to never miss resource or related arts classes that are held on a Monday or Friday when school is out.)

The following chart highlights the numerous features and benefits of our new schedules:
FEATURE BENEFIT
Rotating Schedule • Access students' best learning times
• Classes will meet 5 out of every 7 days, providing more balance to nightly student homework
One Late Start/Week • Provides dedicated time each week for faculty collaboration
• Provides students with an extra hour of sleep once a week (we offer adult supervision for early morning drop-off for families who need it)
Slightly Longer Periods • Allows teachers to use a greater variety of teaching methods and assessments
Earlier End to Academic Day • Support for balanced lives of teachers and students
In addition, changing to a rotating schedule for middle and upper school students allows for:
1. a more balanced day that facilitates deeper learning
2. creative, independent thinking and reflection
3. increased opportunities for faculty collaboration and co-teaching
4. interdisciplinary work by students and faculty
5. opportunities for small group advisory discussions, clubs, and genius time
6. the ability to access student and teacher best learning and teaching times throughout the day
7. opportunities for personalized learning, experiential learning, and innovative application of knowledge and skills

With these priorities in mind, this will provide for a more flexible school day that maintains the high expectations and outcomes associated with an independent school like Bolles. While the flow of the class day will change, our commitment to educating the whole child via strong student-faculty relationships in academics, athletics and the arts remains a cornerstone of the Bolles experience.

If you would like to learn more, please see links below or contact Tyler Hodges, Associate Head of School at HodgesT@Bolles.org.

With respect,
Dave Farace
President and Head of School

Research Supporting Rotating Schedules

Articles:
Scheduling/Culture:
Homework/Testing:
Stress/Sleep:
21st Century Skills/Jobs:
Ted Talks:
Books:
  • How to Raise an Adult – Julie Lythcott-Haims
  • How Children Succeed- Paul Tough
  • Grit – Angela Duckworth
  • #EdJourney – Grant Lichtman
  • Why Don’t Students Like School? – Daniel Willingham
  • Doing School – Denise Pope
  • 21st Century Skills – Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth Behind What Motivates Us – Daniel Pink
  • Creative Schools – Sir Ken Robinson
  • Overloaded and Underprepared – Denise Pope, Maureen Brown, and Sarah Miles

Sample of Other Schools with Rotating Schedules

  • Westminster School, GA
  • Lovett School, GA
  • Baylor School, TN
  • Charlotte Country Day School, NC
  • Cranbrook School, MI
  • Athens Academy, GA
  • Winsor School, MA
  • Malvern Prep School, PA
  • Pingree School, MA
  • Nansemond Suffolk School, VA
  • Providence Country Day School, RI
  • Ravenscroft School, NC
  • Head Royce School, CA
  • Kent Denver School, CO
  • Hawken School, OH