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RE announces new MS schedule

Ransom Everglades unveiled a new schedule for the RE Middle School for 2019-20 that reflects a contemporary approach to teaching and learning. The schedule will provide the daily space and rhythms for cultivating skills necessary for students to thrive and lead in today’s world.
Beginning in August, Middle School students will benefit from 70-minute classes that meet every other day, longer breaks between some classes, more time in daily advisories, mid-day teacher help sessions and daily community events. The schedule should also offer the subsidiary benefit of a reduction in students’ daily backpack loads and a more paced, manageable approach to homework.
 
Associate Head of School John King and Head of the Middle School Rachel Rodriguez introduced the new schedule – a product of nearly a year of interviews, surveys, research and analysis with educational consultants – during two sessions for parents in Swenson Hall on May 8. The work demonstrates the school’s commitment to enhancing all of its programs through its REinventing Excellence campaign.

“It’s about this evolution in education from content to skills,” King said during the morning session. “With education changing, it made us realize we had to think differently about how we organize the school day. We expect to see deeper, more engaged learning, and there will be increased opportunities for both collaboration and differentiation.”

Some elements of the schedule will not change: students will still enroll in eight core classes, and the academic expectations will remain high. The start and end times for each day, including early-dismissal Wednesdays and late-start Fridays, will not change. Under the new MS plan, students will have their core classes at different times of the day, and not on every school day. Students will begin and end each day in advisory. Class periods will increase from 37-42 minutes to 70 minutes. Students will have built-in time each day to seek out help from their teachers.

Daily community time – through advisories, all-school assemblies, club time or other community events – will represent a core component of the new schedule. It will also provide a vehicle for RE to introduce a new social, emotional and learning curriculum as part of the advisory program.

“The new schedule,” Rodriguez said, “is about giving students and our faculty what they need to be successful.”

With several years of success implementing a modified block schedule at the Upper School, the move to longer class periods in the Middle School schedule makes sense. Although the schedules on the two campuses will differ, daily advisory meetings, longer class periods for deeper, more process-orientated learning, and regular, dedicated time for the student body to meet together for enrichment programs will be common elements in both schedules.

Schedules for each day and an overview of both schedules will be posted on the myCOMPASS calendar and Resources page at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. The slide deck from the presentation given by King and Rodriguez is available here.
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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.