In the fall of 2015, Trinity adopted an eight-day rotational schedule, which has provided an immediate positive impact on the daily lives of our students and teachers.
These areas of impact include:
- Broadening the scheduling opportunities for students
- Balancing the impact of athletic dismissals on instructional time
- Providing more time for collaboration with a midday discovery period
- Allowing students with more rigorous course selections the opportunity to schedule both an elective and a study hall period, thereby reducing stress
- Expanding one period per rotation to allowing for labs, activities and group work
The basic framework of the schedule follows an eight-day rotation: eight traditional class periods are spread out over eight instructional days, then the rotation begins again. Over those eight days, each course meets six times—with one longer period per day that a teacher may use for activities, science labs, projects or group work. A rotational schedule is not a block schedule, which has a much lower frequency of student/teacher contact. An eight-day rotational schedule gives students broader course selection while maintaining a high degree of frequency of teacher/student contact.
The FAQ below covers in detail both schedule mechanics and the philosophy behind the changes. This FAQ will be enhanced as we receive questions from the community.
The new Trinity schedule has provided a framework to create an even stronger, more collaborative community that maximizes opportunities for our students to discover their paths.