Over the past few years, Bullis teachers and administrators have questioned the efficiency of the current school schedule, but no serious changes were made until the new schedule was formally introduced in March. While the new schedule aims to enhance the learning experience for teachers and students alike, many students believe there may be some drawbacks to the changes.
Of the many new schedule features, one that was emphasized during the presentation was the different order of classes each day.
Students like Zach Wood (’14) believe that this new change is extremely beneficial to all students.
“I think that students will benefit from having longer classes for variably fixed intervals in that they will be able to have their best and worst subjects at different times
As Wood mentioned, another unique feature to the new schedule is that one of the classes will be a longer 70-minute period.
Paul Mavrikes (’14) explained why the longer period is an advantage for teachers and students.
“I think people will find that it will offer much more flexibility for teachers which will enhance the educational experience. I know our 'signature programs' have been in the works for the past few years and the 70-minute blocks will only compliment them.”
Being a lifer, Mavrikes understands that many students have grown accustomed to the traditional Bullis schedule, but believes that the change is for the better.
“We’re obviously very comfortable with the current schedule and will take some time to get acquainted, but I think that this is going to be the start of a new, bright future for Bullis.”
One common complaint appears to be the fact that there will be longer class periods.
A sophomore student, who requested anonymity said, “I don’t like how the classes are longer because it is harder to pay attention, and might make me worry if there is a quiz or test on the specific topic covered.”
Another potential drawback mentioned by students is the complexity of the order of the daily blocks. “It's going to be really hard in terms of homework because it will be hard to know which classes we have the next day. Also, what homework to do and when to prepare for tests,” Daniel Ayre (’14).
The Bottom Line
Putting the pros and cons aside, Bullis teachers and administrators agree that the schedule was outdated, and that these changes will hopefully lead to a more productive and efficient learning environment for everyone.