New academic schedule for 2019-2020

Marist High School will move to a new academic schedule for the 2019-2020 school year. A lot of time, research and reflection over the past year and a half has gone into this decision.  We foresee a number of benefits to this new schedule including rotation of classes, a later start time, redesign of instructional time allowing deeper study of topics, more student time with teachers outside of the classroom, and additional professional development opportunities for faculty.  Please review the FAQs below for answers to some of the more common questions about our new schedule.  We will continue to communicate more information as we move forward.


  1. What time will the building be open for students?

The school building will open at 6:30 AM – no different than this year.All supervised student spaces will be available in the morning for our students to gather in.


  1. How will teachers spend their time in the morning prior 8:30 AM?

Teachers will be engaged in a variety of activities during that time:department meetings, course team meetings, level meetings, cross-curricular meetings between departments, professional development, math lab supervision, writing lab supervision, one-on-one tutoring of students, etc.


  1. How will students spend their time in the morning prior to 8:30 AM?

O83A2906Students are welcome to spend time in the ARC (library), cafeteria, in the tutoring center, and getting help from teachers (during teacher office hours).  Students may also meet with their year level counselor, the college counselor, campus ministry or student activities.




  1. How many courses can a student take?

A student may take up to seven courses each year – which is what they currently take.Our academic policy allows students to take up to 28 credits during their four-year tenure at Marist with a minimum of 25 credits to graduate.


  1. This new schedule allows more time to meet with teachers – when will this happen?

Students can meet with teachers during the following times:

  • 7:30 to 8:30 AM (during teacher office hours, math labs, writing labs, etc.)
  • Daily advisory period (25 minutes)
  • After school (pre-arrange with teacher)


  1. I will only be meeting with five of my classes each day – why is this a good thing?

O83A3137The advantage of the drop-cascade schedule is that you will only attend five classes per day which will spread out your homework, reduce your stress level, and more closely simulate the college experience.


  1. Why are classes 58 minutes instead of 44 minutes?

With a 58-minute class period there is more time for continuous instruction and more active learning opportunities.The longer instructional time will allow teachers and students to probe more deeply into the topics studied.It will provide time for research, framing the lesson, discussion, practice and closure as well as various other student-centered instructional strategies.


  1. Will I still be able to take the bus to and from school?

Yes, we are working with our transportation provider to change the bus schedule to accommodate the new schedule.


  1. What is the benefit of starting class at 8:30 AM instead of 7:30 AM?

Lack of sleep causes issues with learning, memory and performance in school for children and adolescents.Starting later will allow students to gain additional sleep, which will in turn improve attentiveness and performance in class.


  1. What are the advantages of a rotating schedule?

Rotation of classes will provide variation to the school day, allowing students to see teachers at different times each day.Students will not have the same class at the same time each day.Students will not have to miss the same class if they have to arrive late or leave early for appointments, athletics, field trips or other co-curricular activities.


  1. How will the new schedule impact some of the “special” classes, such as band, Senior Service, or Peer Leadership or special days, such as mass and rally days?

O83A2823We are currently working on the logistics for these special classes and special days.We will make the necessary modifications to these special classes and special days so that we are able to fit them into our new schedule.


  1. How often will each of my classes meet?

Classes will meet five times during each 7-day rotation.For example, your MOD A class will meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday during the first week, and during the second week will meet on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday


  1. Will we still say the prayer and pledge and hear the announcements during homeroom?

We will no longer have a homeroom period each day.  Prayer and pledge will occur at the beginning of the second class period each day.  The second period will be three minutes longer to accommodate the prayer and the pledge.


  1. Will the homeroom period be replaced?

Yes, homeroom will be replaced by an advisory period


  1. What is an advisory?

O83A2534Advisory is a 25-minute period that will meet daily during the time slot assigned for your lunch.For example, Lunch A would meet from 11:35 AM to 12:05 PM and Advisory B would meet during the same time slot.Lunch B would meet from 12:10 PM to 12:35 PM and Advisory A would meet during the same time slot.Each advisory consists of students from four different year levels.Advisories are supervised by faculty members.The structure of the advisory period is “under construction.”


  1. What does “under construction” mean?  What will we be doing during the advisory period?

The following activities may or may not occur during advisory time:

  • Peer mentoring from older students in my advisory
  • Time to catch up on homework
  • Meeting with guidance counselor
  • Working on college applications
  • Tutoring from specific teacher(s) or student tutors
  • Etc.


  1. If the schedule changes every day, how will the students know what day of the schedule we are on?

Initially, we will announce the day’s schedule every morning prior to the start of the first period, and we will have the day and the schedule posted around the building.The information will also be available on the Marist website.


  1. How long has Marist been considering a change to a new schedule?

TO83A2779he administration began researching and exploring the best schedule to educate our students as part of Marist High School’s five-year Strategic Plan, which began in 2015. Over the last eighteen months we worked with an educational consulting firm, surveyed our faculty and considered a number of different schedules before selecting this schedule.