One of the key priorities outlined in our strategic plan, A Bold Plan for Excellence, is the need for a schedule that fosters time for reflective learning, offers experiential learning opportunities, improves student wellness, and provides dedicated community time for students and faculty to support collaboration, club activity, professional development, and more.
We have developed healthier and more dynamic schedules for all divisions for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year to achieve these objectives.
Overall, we are guided by the belief that a new schedule should:
- promote academic excellence and quality of the school’s programming;
- focus on student wellness and homework load;
- allow for innovation, reflective learning, and intellectual curiosity;
- provide community time and learning opportunities on and off campus; and
- enhance time for faculty and student collaboration.
From the initial study of our programs and work with Independent School Management (ISM), to gathering feedback from each of our students, to analyzing the data to make decisions about the schedule, the process has been intensive, strategic, and involved. These new, innovative schedules are indicative of our commitment to an inspired and purposeful movement toward improving the excellent educational experience offered at Saint Mary’s Hall.
The science of learning is clear that students learn best when they have close relationships, are known in a community, and have time for their learning to become deeply understood and ingrained.
Head of School Len Miller
The following schedules are examples of what a student’s 8-day rotational school schedule might look like under our new, innovative scheduling. These are not exact reflections of what a student’s schedule will be. Students will receive their actual schedule at Baron Bazaar (our annual back-to-school event) for Middle and Upper School, and Lower School students will receive their schedules at Parent Night. Click the tabs below to view the sample schedule for each division.