New GLHS Modified Block Schedule
The idea to explore which bell schedule best fits the needs of Gahanna Lincoln High School stems from the desire to ensure our students are receiving the best possible education and experience.
For more than a year, our administrative team has been leading an intensive process to try and determine the best use of time for our Gahanna Lincoln High School students during their day. The goal of the project is to improve student success and achievement, increase support and engagement for students and to reallocate time to align with teaching and learning goals of students and staff.
Throughout this process, there has been feedback received from students, staff and families, including 1,661 responses on a survey sent to these groups. There was also a family and staff focus group to review five unique bell schedule options, as well as collaboration with staff during department meetings and listening sessions.
The feedback we heard from all of our partners included:
Increased flexibility and personalized learning
Access to more electives
The ability for students to work with their own content teachers when they need help
Opportunities for students to learn and engage in experiences aligned to their passions and interests
Fewer classes each day offered for a longer period of time
A decrease in transitions for students, allowing us to spend more time focused on learning
We are happy to announce that we are going to be implementing a modified block schedule (shown below) starting with the 2024-25 school year. To the right, you can hear GLHS Principal Jessica Williams talk about the process in its entirety, as well as view the presentation at the Dec. 14 Board of Education Meeting. Also on this page is an FAQ to help answer questions you may have.
- What are the benefits of a block schedule?
- How will the block schedule allow students to take eight classes?
- What does the research say?
- What do OUR students and staff who currently learn and teach in the block schedule at Clark Hall say about the block experience?
- How is this block schedule different from the block schedule used during COVID?
- How does the block schedule impact late arrival or early release for students?
- How does the block schedule compare to instructional times students experience in the elementary and middle school levels?
- Will the longer class period mean teachers just give an extended period of “work time” for students to do homework, taking the place of study hall?
- Is 30 minutes enough time for lunch?
- How will we measure the success of the new block schedule?