A common schedule among international schools
The main priorities of this planning included:
- Equal or more dedicated time for core classes (Math, English, Science, Social Studies, Spanish).
- More choice and options for students in relation to elective courses.
- Longer periods and less class changes in order to have the ability to teach and consolidate learning. Time used for class changes is incorporated within the instructional time.
- Fewer homework assignments since study load will drop from six to four classes daily.
- A dedicated time for students to participate in meaningful Advisory and Character Education.
- More equity between ESO and SFL programs for students
- Smaller and more manageable size classes for PE.
- Less Zero Periods for IBDP Students preventing them from coming into school early.
- Embedded time for teacher collaboration.
There were many logistical aspects to consider as well including:
- The possibility to start school for all divisions at the same time.
- According to Spanish law, the amount of hours teachers could legally teach and/or supervise in the run of a day, week, year.
- The amount of hours students should be in school.
- The amount of time teachers could collectively plan together.
- Traffic flow around BFIS.
- Bussing with our external provider.