Roundtable: Scheduling Changes for 2022-23 School Year


Lily Brin ’23:

This year’s schedule has received a lot of justified flak. With so many unpredictable four-day weeks there are always full-day schedules missed. Since classes already meet so scarcely, missing one day could mean only meeting once in an entire week. This is why I believe a six-day schedule would be best. This way, even with four-day weeks, it wouldn’t be the same “Monday schedule” missed every time. Additionally, this would allow students to memorize their schedules with ease. This would also mean that students would have slightly varied schedules for many weeks before repeating an identical week. I think reverting back to this standard structure would help the student body instead of constantly trying to remember if it is a Brown or Gold week and what day of the schedule they are on in the case of a long weekend. 

Sam Goldwert ’25:

The 2021-2022 schedule has caused a lot of student confusion and frustration for many reasons. A 10-day schedule using the Brown/Gold week format is unpredictable and can be very confusing to students as they have to strategically think about which building they need to go to first period. While this current schedule does have a memorizable pattern, it’s so difficult to memorize that most students don’t even know that the pattern exists. In addition to this, school is often canceled on Mondays and Fridays, which means that two possible schedule changes for that week can occur, and are seemingly arbitrarily chosen between. Either that day’s schedule is skipped, or that Wednesday’s less class-intensive schedule is dropped and the other days’ schedules are shifted up or back. With this system, a single snow day can leave certain classes with half as much class time in the week as was planned, throwing off the workflow of that class for up to a few weeks. A possible consideration for the 2022-2023 schedule would be either a 5 or 6-day schedule. A 5-day schedule would limit student confusion and allow for easier schedule memorization, but it would still have the issues surrounding school cancellations. A 6-day rotating schedule would eradicate the frustration of having an entire class schedule altered because of an unplanned cancellation and allow for easier schedule memorization, but it might be difficult for students to keep track of, especially after weekends and breaks. While both of these schedule types do have their issues, they are much easier to understand and memorize, limiting student confusion and frustration over schedules. 

Lena Kinser ’23:

The new schedule is an extremely hard one to navigate, with constant days being changed around and certain doubles being skipped. The 80-minute doubles are often too long. The class period itself is way too long, and students often have a hard time staying focused. 

Patrick Ryan ’24:

The best possible change to the schedule would be a reversal to the 6-day schedule. With all but one class occurring every day, classes meet significantly more frequently than they do now. The 6-day schedule is easy to memorize; a rotating cycle of classes means just one schedule to memorize. 

Scarlett Schneider ’24:

It’s hard to properly assess the new schedule versus the old one, considering that I entered as a freshman in the first Covid altered year. Though last year was really difficult, I definitely appreciated the amount of time between classes to help catch up and Wednesday as an asynchronous catch-up day. Obviously, we can’t move backwards fully, but I do wish there was no longer double and maybe two shorter classes at the end of the day because it can be really hard to properly focus for long class blocks. I also wish that there were late starts for more days than just one.

Uma Vincent ’23:

As a new student, I have no perspective on this year’s schedule compared to how it was in past years, but I’ve noticed some general opinions of students. One would think that students would have their schedules memorized this far in the school year, but I, like many other students, find myself pulling out my phone almost every day to double-check what classes I have on either Gold week or Brown week. On top of that, the back-and-forth switching of the two-week schedules gets complicated when we have so many 4-day weeks with a missing day schedule, such as having a Friday off one week and Monday the next week (like the recent mid-winter break). We end up missing Wednesday, Monday, or Friday schedules quite often and classes lose valuable time. Most importantly, I think students would benefit from a schedule that’s easier to keep track of. The overall negative feedback on the current schedule implies that administrators should at least consider what they could change. Nevertheless, I feel impartial but very open to any possible schedule changes for the next school year.