The Benefits of the Robinson 8-Day Schedule
A new school year represents a time of exciting change. Students may enter new grade levels, take new classes, meet new teachers, make new friends, or develop new interests. As a school Robinson also underwent an exciting, significant change to its academic schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. As our learning community makes the transition from a fixed, five-day schedule to an eight-day schedule, I would like to take an opportunity to highlight the changes you and your child will see in each division, as well as the benefits provided to our students and school as a result.
After almost a year of careful analysis, armed with feedback from faculty, students and the administrative team, Robinson continues its forward-looking, growth-minded approach to education by adopting a cyclic, eight-day schedule in the elementary, middle and upper schools. As the scheduling team identified areas of need, solutions to present challenges, and best practices regarding school scheduling to create Robinson’s new academic schedule, it became clear that an extended, cyclic schedule would best serve our long-term needs as a school. Robinson School is a unique school with unique needs, and as such our newly adopted schedule reflects best practices from a variety of schedule models that best suit the needs of our students, faculty and community. Click here for the Quick Guide overview of changes.
Robinson School places great value on creating positive, engaging and impactful learning experiences for our students. We look to challenge our students, develop skills and content knowledge, and expose them to interdisciplinary resources and activities that serve to reinforce their growth as learners and members of their local and global communities. Extending our schedule cycle to eight days creates the flexibility and opportunity to do just that.
In Elementary school, the eight-day schedule creates additional opportunities for students and teachers to engage in high-level learning opportunities in Mathematics, Language Arts and Spanish. Another added benefit for elementary students is the increased opportunity to meet in Specials each cycle. Faculty have additional time each cycle to collaborate by grade level and interdisciplinary themes. The elementary schedule has adopted a fixed, eight-day cycle, better allowing our younger learners and families to anticipate and prepare for their core classes, special classes, and activities during the year.
Middle and Upper school employ a rotating, eight-day cycle schedule that benefit students in many ways. A rotating schedule promotes self-directed learning and the development of organizational skills, as students have to plan ahead for the variations that they will experience each day. An extended schedule cycle allows the flexibility to incorporate more opportunities for special or elective classes, and also emphasizes student wellness by alleviating some of the stress that can be placed on students by the requirements that accompany their core classes meeting daily. A rotating schedule also minimizes the potential monotony of the fixed, daily routine that can impact student engagement and motivation, as well as minimizes the impact that tardiness or early dismissal for sports or activities have on their academic work.
The eight-day cycle also creates further opportunities to incorporate cocurricular and extracurricular activities, clubs, college advising and standardized assessment prep options, and leadership opportunities into the school day for middle and upper students. Opportunities for students to meet and work collaboratively, engage teachers for extra help or support and meet as members of advisory
groups are added benefits. The shift to the eight-day schedule allows Robinson to plan for the needs of students and programs long-term. The extended cycle sees the incorporation of a double-period for all core classes for the secondary school. Students and teachers have 90 minutes each day to dedicate to experiences like the in-depth exploration and discussion of subject area and interdisciplinary topics,
performing laboratory exercises and experiments, carefully completing extended assessments and working on collaborative assignments or projects. Faculty have additional time each cycle to collaborate
by grade level and department, explore interdisciplinary and community connections for their classes, and meet with students to further develop and share in their areas of academic or special interest,
leadership, and service initiatives.
We thank all of the students, faculty, staff, parents and members of the Robinson Community that have worked tirelessly to provide support during this transition. If you have any questions related to the
schedule change, please don’t hesitate to contact your Division Head.