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School Schedule

Equity Lab is proposing to operate within a yearly schedule of 185 days (36 weeks) and a mandatory daily schedule of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The total hours are 8.5 hours per day, 42.5 hours per week, and 1,572.5 hours per year. The year is divided into two 18 week semesters (or four, nine-week quarters). At the middle school level, the school day is organized into 60-minute blocks on Monday/Wednesday/Friday and 45-minute blocks with a 120-minute block for College & Career Exploration on Tuesday/Thursday. At the high school level, academic and co-academic classes are organized into six 60 minute blocks with the option of combining blocks to form 120 minute blocks.   

These blocks include academic subjects linked to a project: Math Integration, English Language Arts Integration, Social Studies Integration, and Science Integration. They also include co-academic subjects linked to a project: Arts Integration and Movement Integration. Accelerated Learning Labs (ALL) is daily academic intervention where students can receive targeted instruction in Math and ELA (up to five hours per week), Special Education students can receive visual, auditory, speech and language, and occupational support and ELs can receive direct English instruction. The daily schedule includes a 30-minute morning circle (advisory) at the beginning of the day and a 60-minute school-wide community lunch.

At the middle school level, students will have College & Career Exploration blocks (120 minutes) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These blocks allow students to interact with mentors and tutors, job shadow, prepare for and conduct visits at community organizations and nearby colleges and universities. At the high school level, College & Career Exploration days will also include student participation in college courses, student internships, AP and SAT exam preparation, college applications, and/or post-graduation planning. Students at the high school level participate in one full day internship and/or college class once a week: Ninth and tenth graders on Tuesdays and eleventh and twelfth graders on Thursdays. College preparation time may include writing admissions essays, compiling application materials, budgeting for spending, applying to and understanding financial aid, and preparing for admissions placement tests. 

The following illustrates the proposed schedules for middle and high school students.