Schedule Change Information
Message from the Headmaster
Dear Members of the Lovett Community:
2016-17 marks the ninth year of Lovett’s current daily schedule. In many respects, it has worked extremely well; however, as time passed, we began to question how it could be even better. In late spring of 2015, Lovett convened a cross-divisional, cross-disciplinary committee to explore the schedule and consider what improvements we might make. This committee met regularly for 18 months, collecting a tremendous amount of feedback from faculty, staff, students, and parents about what worked well and what could be improved. The group also reviewed the latest research on brain development in children and adolescents, particularly as it relates to sleep and learning. Finally, they studied dozens of schedules from other schools similar to ours to look for best practices on this subject.
In designing a new schedule, one of our driving questions was, “How might we create a daily schedule that reflects our commitment to student wellness?” A late start every Wednesday and slightly later start time for Middle and Upper School students the other days of the week responds to the volumes of research indicating that adolescents do not receive adequate sleep. By eliminating Upper School “A days” and Middle School “non-blocking days,” during which all seven classes met, we have removed a part of the schedule that proved too hectic for both students and teachers. We have also standardized class start and end times in the Middle and Upper Schools so that students do not need to keep track of a different schedule each day of the rotation. Additional opportunities for students to seek extra help from teachers, both before and after school, are also included. Finally, we are restructuring the blocks of time for reading, writing, social studies, and math in the Lower School schedule to allow for smoother transitions to and from resource classes.
Our new daily schedule will go into effect this fall with the 2017-2018 school year. This webpage provides more information on the new schedule, including frequently asked questions and other important details.
It is essential that we regularly assess all of the different pieces that make up the educational experience at Lovett and make changes when there is an opportunity to significantly benefit our young people. We appreciate your support as we roll out our new schedule this fall and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
In the Lower School, class begins at 8:00 a.m. every day of the week except Wednesday. On Wednesday, school starts at 8:45 a.m. Free childcare is available before school for these weekly late starts.
Chapel meets at 8:10 a.m. every Tuesday. Resource classes rotate over six days (A-F), on a schedule that varies by grade and teacher.
Kindergarten dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. Grades 1 through 5 dismiss at 2:55 p.m. Tutorial is available from 3:05 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
In the Middle School, tutorial is available at 7:50 a.m. every day of the week except Wednesday, and the school day begins at 8:15 a.m. On Wednesday mornings, there is no tutorial and school begins at 8:40 a.m.
Advisory meets every Monday and Friday, from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Assembly, advisory, or other programming are held every Tuesday during that time slot, and chapel is held every Thursday during that time. On Wednesdays, there is a very brief advisory period, from 8:40 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Between 8:50 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. classes rotate based on a six-day rotation (A-F). Some classes (PE, language, computer science and fine arts electives) meet daily, for 45 minutes. Blocking classes (English, social studies, math, and science) meet three out of six rotation days, for 90 minutes each meeting. Regardless of the day of the rotation, start and end times for each block are the same.
Dismissal is at 3:20 p.m. every day, and teachers will be available by appointment until 3:45 p.m.
In the Upper School, teachers are available by appointment from 7:45 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. every day except Wednesday, and the school day begins at 8:15 a.m. with morning meeting (Mondays and first day back after a break) or advisory (Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday). On Wednesdays, there are no morning office hours, and the school day begins with a brief advisory period from 8:45 a.m. to 8:50 a.m.
Classes rotate over six days (A-F), with assembly meeting every C day and chapel meeting every F day. Each class meets four days out of every six rotation days. Class meetings are 65-minutes each except on Wednesdays, when they are 60 minutes each.
Dismissal is at 3:10 p.m. every day. Tutorial is available Monday through Thursday from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.