Modified Block Schedule
Nolan Catholic High School uses a modified block schedule. Classes meet four days per week for 45 minutes each and one day for 8o minutes. There are several benefits to a modified block schedule. The extended class period each week gives extra time for science labs, tests and extended activities. The four day per week contact between students and teachers is beneficial for the subjects that require frequent interactions for high achievement, namely Fine Arts, Math, Science, and Foreign Language. This modified schedule has two unique features of particular interest to families:
- Each day will end with a “Ø” period. This is a period that meets every day for 45 minutes. In a sense, this period is “optional,” in that students do not need to take classes during this period in order to graduate. Students involved in athletics will be enrolled in “Athletics” for this period. “Ø” period begins at 2:25 p.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.
- On Thursdays, school will begin an hour late, at 8:45 a.m. Teachers use the time between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to collaborate around curriculum development, improve instruction, and professional growth. It is a chance for teachers to work together on ways to continuously improve your students’ experience at Nolan Catholic High School.
- The late start once a week allows students to do such things as get some extra sleep, or make appointments with orthodontists and doctors without missing school or extra-curricular activities. Students who need to arrive at school at the normal time can get in extra studying or have time to socialize with friends. Ping pong club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the gym.
Students who may need to arrive early any day because of transportation needs will be supervised by professional staff in the building.