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:
• 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)
• Allows teachers to use a greater variety of teaching methods and assessments
• 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.
President and Head of School