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., including the dining halls and libraries for research and/or study.
Upper school classes rotate over seven days, A through G. Students have five class periods each day, meaning students have fewer classes for which to prepare for each night. Each class meets five times in seven days.
Late start each Wednesday serves 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.
We continue to utilize these times for special speakers and programs as well as honors convocations and pep rallies. It also minimizes the need for disruptive special schedules throughout the year. The longer block of time provides 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.