Learning Support

Schedule

During the Spring of 2016, we decided to examine our class schedule, how it affected student relationships, learning and stress and how it could potentially be improved to enhance student experience.

Working with Dr. Bryan Smith of ISM, we compiled survey responses, in-person interviews, school data, and other defining information to help us craft a schedule that would allow our students and our campus to function at the highest possible level and with overall harmony. Dr. Smyth took this wealth of information and went about the process of creating the best rotating schedule possible for Highlands.

Here are the schedule priorities he identified through his research:
  1. Create a schedule that supports a project-based learning environment 4k-8
  2. Implement a schedule that facilitates and deepens teacher:student and student:student relationships within the school to build an even greater sense of community
  3. Design a schedule that provides faculty time to collaborate, share, develop, support and plan with their colleagues
  4. Create a paced day for students and teachers
  5. Find time for more purposeful social emotional learning / advisory
See below for examples of our rotating schedule at each level. 
 
Middle School Schedule
A B C D E F G
8:00 1 6 4 2 7 5 3
9:05 2 7 5 3 1 6 4
10:10 Break 15 Break 15 Break 15 Break 15 Break 15 Break 15 Break 15
10:25 Projects / CM/Study Projects / CM/Study Projects / CM/Study Projects / CM/Study Projects / CM/Study Projects / CM/Study Projects / CM/Study
11:05 3 1 6 4 2 7 5
12:10 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
12:35 4 2 7 5 3 1 6
1:40 5 3 1 6 4 2 7
2:45 Advisory Advisory Advisory Advisory Advisory Advisory Advisory
3:00              





Lower School Schedule
A B C D E F G
8:00 Morning Meeting  Morning Meeting   Morning Meeting  Morning Meeting  Morning Meeting  Morning Meeting Morning Meeting 
8:35 Social Studies Math Science Language Arts Social Studies Math Science
9:40 Language Arts Science Math Social Studies Language Arts Science Math
10:45 PE 5 PE 5 Foreign Lang   Foreign Lang PE 5 PE 5
11:30 Foreign Lang Art Music Art Music Art Music
12:15 Recess Recess Recess Recess Recess Recess Recess
12:40 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1:05 Science Social Studies Language Arts Math Science Social Studies Language Arts
2:05 Math Language Arts Social Studies Science Math Language Arts Social Studies
3:00              
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.