The Next LHS Schedule: Three Options

This web site was used by Lexington High School during its process of selecting a new schedule for use beginning in 2019-2020, and has been retained to document the process and outcome. LHS has chosen the Red Option schedule with a 7:45-2:25 school day for school year 2019-2020. This schedule involves a 6-day cycle with class lengths of 55-65 minutes. Principal Andrew Stephens explained the selection of this schedule in the school newsletter (January 15, 2019). For school year 2020-2021, the Lexington School Committee has decided to change to a school day of 8:30-3:10.

This site presents three class schedule options for Lexington High School 2019-2020. They are the end product of 13 months of opinion gathering, research, and development by the LHS Schedule Committee, consisting of teachers and administrators throughout the school as well as some parents.

Note that these schedule proposals concern how time during the school day will be used. There is also separate decision-making underway about whether the school day will be 7:45-2:25 or 8:30-3:10. All three schedule options are compatible with either possibility for start and end times.

Key reasons for a new schedule

  • to enable different kinds of teaching and learning in longer class periods
  • to provide sufficient time during the school day for instruction and support
  • to address student and faculty wellness by changing the pace of the day

Background information

Common features of the three options

  • An A-through-H block schedule is maintained so students and teachers will have the same number of courses as before.
  • I Blocks for support and enrichment are maintained.
  • Class periods are longer so there are fewer of them per day.
  • Instructional time is increased by 4%, restoring about half of the time lost when I Blocks were introduced.

Red Option

7:45-2:25 version

8:30-3:10 version

Features:

  • 55-65 minute classes
  • 5-6 classes per day
  • 6-day schedule cycle
  • standard class meets 4-out-of-6 days

Blue Option

7:45-2:25 version

8:30-3:10 version

Features:

  • 60-70 minute classes
  • 4-5 classes per day
  • Monday-to-Friday schedule
  • standard class meets 3-out-of-5 days

Green Option

7:45-2:25 version

8:30-3:10 version

Features:

  • 75-85 minute classes
  • 4 classes per day
  • 8-day schedule cycle
  • standard class meets 4-out-of-8 days

Your input and your questions

  • LHS teachers, students, and parents: Thank you for over 2000 responses to our survey about the schedule options, which closed on January 7, 2019. An announcement about our future schedule will be forthcoming soon from Principal Stephens.
  • This form is still available for asking questions and making comments.
  • Here are answers to many questions that have been asked through the form or in-person about the schedule options.