The school day officially begins at 8:10 a.m. with advisory, where students meet in grade-level groups of eight to 12 students. On Thursday mornings, the entire Middle School gathers for community meeting, at which there are announcements; performances and speeches by students, faculty, and staff; and often special speakers.
Students take most academic subjects – English, history/social studies, languages, math, science, performing arts, and PE – four times a week. Twice a week, they have a visual art class and a personal development class, and once a week they take a digital and information literacy class. Every student eats lunch at one of two periods starting between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
Students in grades 5 through 7 have supervised study hall as part of their schedule; in grades 7 and 8, students receive “free” periods when they can choose to be in the library, the Brain and Learning Lab, or another supervised space on the campus. Frees give students an opportunity to practice time management skills and prepare them for the greater freedom of the Upper School.
Classes end a little after 3 p.m. but the building remains busy until the early evening, with many students engaged in adult-supervised clubs, music lessons, sports, and tutoring sessions. The after-school study hall in the library is a popular place to work on homework and quietly talk with friends. Evening activity buses depart at 6 p.m.
Students play outside before the start of the school day.
Eighth-graders emcee weekly community meetings.
Students start arriving on campus around 7:30 a.m., and are expected to sign-in electronically before the start of classes at 8:10. Pigott Memorial Library, The Paul G. Allen Athletics Center, and the dining room of the Wright Community Center (WCC) open early and close late.
The Upper School is on a rolling three-day schedule. Classes are scheduled for two out of the three days, with one 45-minute short period and one 80-minute long period – some of which may be used for one-on-one meeting time with teachers, lab and studio time, or small-group meetings. Every student has a mix of long periods and short periods over the course of the day, and is scheduled for a lunch period that begins between 11:15 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Students can choose to take between five to seven classes a semester. Most students have free periods, during which they can meet with teachers or tutors, work on their own or with classmates, or just hang out. Consultation periods are scheduled three to four times a week, when all students and teachers are free to meet.
Every day has 45 minutes set aside for community time. Students meet in their advisory groups twice a week. The entire Upper School community gathers at assembly every Wednesday to make important announcements, celebrate accomplishments, and listen to speakers. Two weekly activity periods are set aside for student clubs and activities, and other community events.
Classes end around 3 p.m. and students usually have a short break before athletics practices, drama rehearsals, and other afternoon activities. Many students take advantage of the evening activity buses, which depart at 6 p.m.
Students can work together at Pigott Memorial Library.
Classes meet on the turf field and bleachers when the weather cooperates.