High School Schedule

High School Schedule
Our Vision is to be a World Class School System

The nationwide teacher shortage is impacting our classrooms. In response to the teacher shortage, changing the high school schedule to a 7 period day requires less teachers than our current alternating 4 by 4 schedule.

The impact of the pandemic on student learning was significant. In reponse to missed learning opportunities, changing the High School Schedule will allow students to:

  • see ALL of their teachers every day,
  • gain 720 minutes additional instruction time which is the equivalent of 15 additional days of instruction PER COURSE,
  • shift from 8 class to 7 class course load,
  • access and make-up missing work easier,
  • improve content retention due to daily instruction and
  • reinforce routine and organizational structure.

Student Schedule

Period Time Minutes
1st 7:05 to 7:51 a.m. 46 minutes
2nd 7:56 to 8:42 a.m. 46 minutes
3rd 8:47 to 9:33 a.m. 46 minutes
4th 9:38 to 10:24 a.m. 46 minutes
5th 10:29 to 11:53 a.m. 46 minutes plus lunch
6th 11:58 a.m. to 12:44 p.m. 46 minutes
7th 12:49 to 1:35 p.m. 46 minutes
Teacher helping students in class

7 Period Day

Options for Additional Courses

  • Utilize Lee Virtual School and/or Florida Virtual School for some core courses
    • allows for additional elective courses during the school day
  • Offer students to take marching band without having to be enrolled in the course
    • students practice after hours
  • For academies, schedule back to back periods to allow for necessary time
  • Dual Enrollment is flexible regardless of schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

Will advanced program (International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) students have elective options on a 7 period day?

Yes.

For students participating in the IB program, there are several options available that allow a student to maintain an elective in both his/her Junior and Senior years of high school. A student may take and test one or two standard level (SL) courses during his/her junior year while taking Theory of Knowledge as a seminar course. This option affords a student one elective during his/her Junior year and then one or two electives during the Senior year.

For students participating in the AICE program, there is additional flexibility as students have 25 months to meet all the requirements. Students will have several options made available to them that allow them to both complete their coursework by either the end of their Junior or Senior year while maintaining anywhere from one to three electives.

In addition, students may extend their elective opportunities by enrolling in virtual courses while maintaining a full academic schedule.

How does a 7 period day impact The Center for the Arts students?

The 7 period day may lead to the loss of some electives; however, offering additional virtual options for all students to take outside the school day will open space in their schedule for elective courses.

How does a 7 period day impact career and technical academies?

Students will continue to have career and technical academy options.

How does a 7 period day impact Dual Enrollment opportunities?

Dual Enrollment is flexible regardless of the schedule and The School District of Lee County will continue to support Dual Enrollment opportunities.

What is the impact on participation in athletic programs and after school activities?

Students will still be able to participate in athletic and after school activities.

How does the change in schedule impact homework for students?

Students’ coursework will be reduced from 8 classes to 7, which should result in an overall reduction in both classwork and homework. Teachers, school administrators, the Teachers Association of Lee County (TALC), and the District Curriculum Department will collaborate to develop District Grading Guidelines in order to provide recommendations for how to evenly schedule homework and assessments to ensure students have the opportunity to balance school, extracurricular activities, work, and any additional activities and commitments.

How does the reduction of instructional time impact the arts and specialty academies?

Assistant Principals of Curriculum will work to schedule these courses back-to-back (when feasible) to allow for the ample instruction needed for hands-on activities. An example of this would be a student enrolled in Dance 3 and Dance Techniques. The student would have Dance 3 during 6th period and then Dance Techniques immediately following that in 7th period, allowing ample time for dressing out and practicing their craft. This same type of scheduling will be utilized for many of our industry certification courses.

Will the change to a 7 period day increase the amount of students in the hallways and impact student lunches?

Yes, the change to the 7 period day will increase the number of transitions during the school day. This will reinforce the importance of teachers and assigned staff being at their posts during class changes. Lunch schedules are a challenge with a 7 period day, but students and staff will still be provided their allocated appropriate meal time as a part of this schedule.

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