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Block Scheduling

A block school schedule has three or four longer class periods per day, as opposed to the traditional seven or eight period day.

Two of the most common forms of block schedules are:

  • The A/B schedule, during which classes meet every other day for an extended period, usually double the length of the class period in the traditional schedule. Each student takes between six and eight classes at one time, but goes to only three or four classes per day.
  • The 4/4 schedule, in which students take four courses every day for an extended class period, but they do not alternate courses. Instead, they complete the curriculum in a semester. They take another set of courses in the second semester, earning eight Carnegie units per year instead of six or seven -- without the stress of taking eight courses at the same time.


Article by Ellen R. Delisio
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Updated 03/07/2013