Student Schedule for 2020-21
Concordia's student schedules are structured to improve our academic and community goals — creating a better learning environment for students.
Each day is assigned a letter, to designate the schedule for the day. A-E does not always mean Monday through Friday. Students and Parents may check OnCampus for your daily class schedule.
- More Theology Classes: More opportunities to learn about their faith, and their Lord Jesus Christ through direct instruction
- Less frantic school day
- Eliminate “split” classes where students eat lunch in the middle of the period and then return to class.
- Remove summer school requirements for students who choose a two 4-year elective tracks (Band/Choir, Band/JROTC, etc)
- Allow for more academic choices
- Longer class periods for more dedicated study and experiential learning
- Allow for students to get the help they may need from their teachers during the regular school day
- More opportunities to get involved in co-curricular pursuits
- Build for future flexibility of schedule
- Allow for appropriate breaks within the school day
We are working to address the above goals with the following schedule shifts:
8-CLASS CARRIER SCHEDULE
With an 8-carrier schedule students have 8 classes per semester, earning up to 16 total (credits) per year.
This allows for 3 of our goals to be met:
- We strongly believe that students deserve 8 full semesters of theology instruction. These courses will be both knowledge/wisdom based as well as addressing the important relational/interpersonal parts of faith.
- Students who take multiple electives and/or are aiming for the Academic Honors Diploma will no longer need to take summer classes to fit everything in.
- An 8-carrier schedule allows for students to pursue a greater variety of academic options.
In this schedule, students are given more time for the entire community to eat lunch — more of a business person lunch model.
Also during this extended lunch period, teachers will be providing office hours for students to get the extra help they may need. Depending on academic need, students may be required to attend office hours (during lunch or on B Day mornings).
Students may purchase food from the cafeteria or bring their own sack lunch from home and eat in one of many designated areas on campus. Students may not leave campus for lunch.
TIME FOR BUILDING COMMUNITY
Research shows that breaks and downtime are important practices for students. In our schedule, no student will attend more than two consecutive classes without at least a 10-minute break. Also, students who meet specific guidelines and have study hall in their day will be allowed “collaborative” time. There will be places in which they are allowed to study quietly, study in groups, get a cup of coffee or other beverages or snacks, play a game, hang out, unplug, etc, and generally have more control over their own time. Finally, the flexibility within the extended lunch period will allow for multiple ways to recharge the brain.
Focus Time is a dedicated 20-minute period for individual student quiet study following the Koinonia gathering. Students will remain with their Koinonia group during Focus Time. Clubs and activities do not meet during Focus Time, nor is this a time for Office Hours.