School Schedule FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions

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​Collaboration Periods

2020 -2021 Collaboration Calendar 

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What is a Collaboration Period?

Most Wednesdays begin with a “Collaboration Period” which run from 8:15-9:30 a.m.  Some Collaboration Periods are used for faculty and some are used for students. 

Collaboration Periods for faculty include things like Professional Learning Community meetings and additional department meeting time (for things like year-level meetings or interdepartmental collaboration). 

Collaboration Periods for students include things like assemblies (e.g. Social Justice Summit Assembly, Magazine Sale Assembly, Behavioral Health Assembly), class Masses, and group meetings with counselors.

Are students required to attend Collaboration Periods scheduled for their year-level?

Yes.  Students are required to attend all Collaboration Periods scheduled for their year-level.  If a student will be absent from a Collaboration Period, all of the school’s normal attendance policies apply.

How do students know if they are scheduled for a Collaboration Period?

This collaboration schedule is located at the back of the school calendar and is available on the school’s website.

Do students have to be on campus if their year-level is not involved in a particular day’s Collaboration Period?

No.  If a student’s year-level is not involved in a particular date’s Collaboration Period, he can sleep in and arrive before the day’s first class period (9:45 a.m.), schedule personal off-campus appointments, or use defined areas of campus (e.g. Harris Center, the King Library). 

Flex Periods

What is a flex period?

A flex period is an open period when a student is not scheduled for a credit-granting class.

Why does the schedule have a flex period?

The goal of the flex period is to allow for more flexibility in a student’s schedule.  It frees up students to get extra help in tutoring rooms, to do homework, or to take an enrichment elective.  The goal is to help students achieve good balance during the school year and to allow them to better attend to the many demands on their time.

Where can students go during their flex period?

During their flex period, students must go to one of the assigned areas on campus (e.g. Harris Center, King Library, Math/Science Tutoring Room, Humanities Tutoring Room, Academic Resource Center).  All of these assigned areas are supervised by a faculty or staff member.

Do students have to go to the same place every flex period?

For the most part, no.  Students can go to the Harris Center on one day, to the library the next, to the weight room the next.  (There will be a small number of students who are required to go to the Academic Resource Center or the tutoring rooms every day because of some academic challenges.)

Can students go back and forth between places during the same flex period?

No.  Once a student goes to one of the assigned areas at the beginning of a flex period, he must stay there for the entire period that day.

Do you take attendance at the beginning of each flex period?


Can students come to school late if they have their flex period the first period of the day?  Can they leave if they have flex period the last period of the day?

No.  Flex period is like any other class period.  Students must be on campus and checked into one of the assigned areas during every flex period.  In order to encourage students to utilize the study time, tutoring, and other assistance available during the flex periods, students must be present during all of those flex periods, including those that fall during the first and last periods of the day.

Can a student take an additional, 7th academic course during his flex period?

For the most part, no.  The flex period is reserved for tutoring, homework, and enrichment electives as much as possible.  Any exceptions must be approved by the administration.  For example, students may be allowed to take a performing arts class (band, chorus, or studio art) in their 7th period, with the approval of the parents, counselor, and administration. 

Enrichment Electives

What is an enrichment elective?

An enrichment elective is a class offered simply for personal enrichment and enjoyment.  Enrichment electives are recreational in nature and are designed to tap into a student’s personal interests.  For example Jazz Appreciation, Organic Gardening, Web Design, and Cybersecurity are among the current options.

Who can take an enrichment elective?

Any student can request to take an enrichment elective if he has an open period in his schedule.  A student’s enrollment in his requested enrichment elective depends on whether or not the requested elective fits into the rest of his course schedule. 

Can a student be required to take an enrichment elective?

No, a student cannot be required to take an enrichment elective by any teacher or program.

Do enrichment electives include homework?

No.  Enrichment electives may not assign any homework.

Do enrichment electives fulfill any of a student’s graduation requirements?

No.  All enrichment elective are non-credit and do not fulfill any graduation requirements.

Are enrichment electives graded?  Do they appear on a student’s transcript?

Enrichment electives are pass/fail.  They will appear on a student’s transcript.