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Academic Schedule

At LJCDS, our educators are often thinking about how to improve our students’ educational experience. What is the preferred method of learning? How can we better prepare them for college and for life? After much research and discussion, LJCDS opted for a different approach to the traditional Monday through Friday schedule. Middle and Upper School students follow a seven-day rotating block schedule that encourages student learning and offers room for diverse student experiences in academics, arts, athletics and co-curriculars.

Students have no more than four core classes a day, and the schedule rotates over a seven-day cycle. No more dreading Mondays because it’s the most packed day of the week. The schedule provides opportunities for in-class learning, online learning, internships and other spaces beyond the classroom where students advance personal skills like responsibility and reliability.

Elements and Benefits

List of 7 items.

  • Longer Class Periods

    75-minute class periods favor in-depth learning and allow teachers to divide instructional time with collaboration or independent learning. This offers more active student engagement during class.

  • Deeper Connections

    Students have more time during class with longer class periods to ask for help. Teachers have more opportunities to connect with students during class time and outside of the classroom. Fewer classes in a day also allow more time for individual assistance.
  • Seven-Day Rotation

    The schedule is no longer tied to the days of the week so when there is a day off, classes resume with the next day in the cycle, and no sections are at a disadvantage in having less class time.

  • Preparing for College

    Students learn how to use discretionary time and are taught to develop ownership of their schedule. This developmental model teaches students how to use time wisely and effectively.

  • Activity/Brain Breaks

    Middle Schoolers have two breaks a day to maximize learning. Research shows breaks increase focus and enable students to absorb more material. Students choose how they spend their breaks and activities can range from playing outside to eating a snack with friends to playing games in the Middle School office to reading books.

  • Wellness

    Substantial research shows that fewer classes per day decrease student stress. The school day becomes less stressful for both students and teachers and alleviates homework stress.

  • Flex Time

    The Upper School will also benefit from a “Flex Time” block in the rotation, which allows for exploratory, student-driven activities that are not attached to a grade. Flex Time gives students the opportunity to engage in thoughtful, intellectual exploration of themes and experiences that are unique to our traditional academic curriculum. Students explore and extend their passion while adding dimension to their college transcript.

    Upper School examples include LJCD-TV, Screening and Scoring Films, Cryptography, Model United Nations, and Meme Creation and Culture.

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