Beginning in Fall 2020, Indian Creek will transition to a Modular Schedule for grades 7-12. As a school founded on the principle that schools should teach the way that students learn best, Indian Creek is excited about this transition for it's immense benefits to the student experience. The Modular Schedule is innovative, dynamic, and will allow us to meet the needs of our Upper School students whether Fall 2020 sees us in session on campus, in Virtual School, or in a hybrid of the two.
The module plan offers students the opportunity to take an active part in shaping their educational experience, to experience broadly, and to learn deeply.
The Upper School academic year is divided into seven modules (mods, for short), each lasting approximately five weeks. During each mod, students take three blocks of academic classes that meet every day, for 80 minutes. This longer class period time will allow for incredible depth into a specific theme or subject area, while at the same time, minimizing the amount of hallway transition time and exposure to other people. Subjects that call for sequential, cumulative learning, such as math or languages, may be taught in blocks that span consecutive mods.
During each Mod, students also have a daily 40-minute block of "Community" time, where we will hold class meetings, Human Development courses, advisory meetings, and other community-building activities.
Every student has a one-hour lunch period daily, which gives them a break during the day during which they can not only eat lunch, but also hang out with friends, do some homework, study for an afternoon test, meet with clubs, teams, STEM cohorts, or teachers for one-on-one help. (Seventh and eighth grade students will continue to have recess during this time.)
Students are also required to take a 40-minute fourth block, known as X-block, at the end of each day, during which they take part in science labs, math clinics, language clinics, support, peer tutoring, dance, art, yearbook, or enrichment courses such as 3D Printing for Medicine, Writing Poetry, or From Script to Screen.
The Upper School start time has been pushed to 9:00 a.m., which research overwhelmingly proves is best for teens. However, a before school "period 0" gives students an additional opportunity to participate in performing arts rehearsals, club meetings, or the support program.
The module system works because of its versatility and the depth of learning it will allow for our teachers and students. With our newly expanded course catalog, students have countless ways to structure their studies to suit their interests, while taking the foundational courses necessary to prepare for college and beyond.
It works because it means taking fewer classes at a time, for longer time periods a day, allowing students to delve deeply into their material through experiential learning. The daily schedule is carefully crafted so that students have time for classes, assemblies, meetings with advisors, extra help, or clubs and activities—as well as some breathing time to recharge and relax.