What is the best time for students to start school?

The Unionville-Chadds Ford Board of Directors and Administration have set a district goal to study school start times.  While no decisions have been made to alter school start times, there is compelling information that has led the Board and Administration to take the next step of engaging with stakeholders in the community to evaluate both the science and the options.

CCIU Student Forum

During the 2015-2016 school year, Unionville students initiated the Chester County Student Forum Delayed Start Time Project. Under the leadership of the Chester County Intermediate Unit, students from across chester county came together to research school start times.

CCIU Student Forum

Medical Research

Citing convincing research and recommendations from the American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Centers for Disease Control among others, the students recommended later start times for high school and middle school students across chester county.

Our curated resource of available research can be found on the UCF School Start Time website

Results from Other Schools

Schools around the country have had later start times for middle and high schoolers for many years. 

We have reviewed studies of schools that have already made the switch and provide links to that research here.