Instructional Continuity 2020-21

Starting in August 2020, we will be using a new schedule that will allow us to maintain instructional continuity in a post-COVID world.

The new schedule incorporates learning and feedback gained during the 2019–20 school year. We also have relied on research and experience from educators, health professionals, and environmental engineers to create a schedule and framework that will allow us to pivot quickly to respond to evolving circumstances, including the wellbeing of our constituents and new mandates from governing authorities (city, county, Bay Area, state, or nation).
 
COVID-19 has led us to think of the instructional difficulties and challenges that can exist on different levels, from increased student absences to long-term school closure. While we know that any real-time situation will require us to be nimble, adaptable, and flexible, we have established a framework that allows us to prepare for four distinct scenarios:
 
Our new daily schedule is flexible enough to serve us in each of the four levels, as you will see detailed below. The 2020–21 school year schedule includes 6 full-sized blocks wherein students in grades 9–12 take classes, 3 per quarter. This type of schedule, known as a 3x4 block schedule or a “Quarter-on, Quarter-off” schedule is not uncommon in American schools as it allows students more concentrated experiences of subjects, with fewer classes daily, weekly, and per quarter. In our 3x4 model, students will take three classes (A, B, & C) in Quarter 1 and Quarter 3, and three additional classes (D, E, & F) in Quarters 2 and 4. Each quarter, there is also an “S-block” or “small block” class that meets from 2:25–3:05. While most students will not take classes during S-block, 9th graders will take Human Development during S-block in either Quarter 1 or Quarter 2, 10th graders will take Human Development in either Quarter 3 or Quarter 4, and seniors will (likely) have college seminar once a week during S-block in the fall.

Webinars

MA held webinars to answer questions specific to class grades as it pertains to our Instructional Continuity plans for the 2020-21 Academic Year. If you missed one, you can watch the recordings below.

2020–21 Calendar & Schedule FAQs

The Basics: The 2020–21 school year schedule includes 6 full-sized blocks wherein students in grades 9–12 take classes, 3 per quarter. This type of schedule, known as a 3x4 block schedule or a “Quarter-on, Quarter-off” schedule is not uncommon in American schools as it allows students more concentrated experiences of subjects, with fewer classes daily, weekly, and per quarter. In our 3x4 model, students will take three classes (A, B, & C) in Quarter 1 and Quarter 3, and three additional classes (D, E, & F) in Quarters 2 and 4. Each quarter, there is also an “S-block” or “small block” class that meets from 2:25–3:05. While most students will not take classes during S-block, 9th graders will take Human Development during S-block in either Quarter 1 or Quarter 2, 10th graders will take Human Development in either Quarter 3 or Quarter 4, and seniors will (likely) have college seminar once a week during S-block.
 
FAQs: What follows are answers to some of the questions we have received from you regarding the 2020–21 school year. We will continue to update this document as more questions are asked and as answers become clear. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to discuss further and/or have questions that are not addressed here.

Schedule/Curriculum

Calendar

Athletics & Co-Curricula Activities

Pedagogical

Policies & Practices

Downloads

KaTrina Wentzel

KaTrina Wentzel

Academic Dean and English Teacher
Stella Beale

Stella Beale

Dean of Faculty, English Teacher
Mya Sullivan

Mya Sullivan

Dean of Equity & Inclusion, Math Teacher
Lynne Hansen

Lynne Hansen

Dean of Students