Trevian Block Schedule






Why is New Trier adopting this new schedule for the 2020-2021 school year?
The Trevian Block Schedule is being adopted for 2020-2021 to make the transition between various phases easier as compared to a nine-period school day. New Trier's Trevian Block Schedule offers a typical 9-period day on Mondays and 5 periods a day on Blue and Green Days (with a 10th period "X Block" TBD on Green Days). New Trier decided on this schedule in order to:

  • Ensure students would not have to give up elective classes or student supports because of the change of schedule.
  • Ease the transition from one mode of operation to another (in-school, hybrid, remote). This is easier with a block schedule than with a 9-period daily schedule.
  • Ensure a consistent experience for those students who need to learn remotely all year long.
  • Minimize student movement in the school on a given day by reducing periods.
  • Provide time for deeper discussions and engagement in 70-minute class periods.

Who attends school each day?
If New Trier opens the school year using a hybrid schedule, about 50% of the students will be in school each day, with Trevian Days being all-remote to start. When the hybrid schedule is fully implemented, students will be assigned to either Attendance Group 1 (in school on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or Attendance Group 2 (in school on Thursdays and Fridays).  Some students with IEPs and specialized learning needs will be placed in both groups to maximize in-school instruction. Families will be informed of their student's Attendance Group by August 15. Students in the same family will have the same attendance group. 

When will student schedules be sent out?
New Trier needs to adjust its master schedule to the new block schedule and to anticipate a possible hybrid learning scenario with half of students in school on any given day. Given that, schedules will come out a bit later than they usually do. We expect to send schedules home by the second week of August at the latest. The book sale will be online, and book information will be included with schedules.

How will grading work under a hybrid or remote learning environment? 
This year, normal grading policies will be in effect and teachers will endeavor to cover a complete course curriculum.  The shift to a block schedule model is intended to provide both flexibility for changing modes of operation from in-person to remote and to also allow students to more deeply explore topics. We understand that the on-going nature of the pandemic will impact students and families in different ways, and we encourage them to share information about circumstances that may impact a student's ability to effectively engage and complete their work with the child's adviser and teachers so appropriate support can be provided.  

Why is the school day 15 minutes longer than it was in the past? 
In order to maximize instructional time, have understandable start and end times for each period, provide enough time for lunch, and give students and teachers flexibility with in-person instruction, the school day has been extended by 15 minutes.  Adviser Room will start 5 minutes earlier than typical on both campuses: 7:50 a.m. at Northfield and 8:10 a.m. at Winnetka. On the Winnetka Campus, Early Bird Science classes will start at 7:05 a.m. and Early Bird non-Science classes will start at 7:15 a.m. Whether students are remote or in-school, they are expected to attend all classes, including Adviser Room. The end of the day is extended by 10 minutes with school at Northfield ending at 3:15 p.m. and ending at Winnetka at 3:35 p.m. 

What is the purpose of Trevian Days?
A Trevian Day has Adviser Room (10 minutes) and all nine periods, 35 minutes each.  Lunch is included in a student's 5th period class. Early Bird classes do not meet on Trevian Days.

Student/teacher contact is an important part of New Trier community-building, so we wanted to ensure consistent contact with teachers over the week. To do so, we implemented a Trevian Day where every student has contact with every teacher. This structure is often adopted by schools with block schedules.

Trevian Days are almost always on a Monday, which can provide a good way to check in with students and keep them on track. On weeks where we have a District Planning Day or we have a holiday, the Trevian Day is skipped to keep the opportunity for deeper learning in the longer blocks as prevalent as possible. We will start the year planning for these days to be all-remote to allow us to "start smart" and adjust to having students and staff on campus on our block schedule days. Instruction will take place on Trevian Days; they are not independent study as our "grey days" were in the spring under our emergency remote learning plan.

What happens on Blue / Green Days?
A Blue Day has Early Bird (60 minutes), Adviser Room (25 minutes), and periods 1-5 (70 minutes).  Science classes meet for 1½ periods (105 minutes).  Early Bird classes will start at 7:05 a.m. Lunch is included in a student's 3rd period class.

A Green Day has Early Bird (60 minutes), Adviser Room (25 minutes), periods 6-9 (70 minutes), and an X block (70 minutes).  Science classes meet for 1½ periods (105 minutes).  Early Bird classes will start at 7:05 a.m. Lunch is included in a student's 8th period class. See below for an explanation of X Block.

What is the Common Lunch Period?
Students will no longer have a specific assigned lunch period. On Trevian Days lunch will be during 5th period. On Blue Days lunch will be during 3rd period. On Green Days lunch will be during 8th period. Each of these periods is extended by 35 minutes to provide lunch at different times depending on the class. So, for example, some students may have 35 minutes of lunch followed by 70 minutes of class. Others may have 70 minutes of class followed by a 35-minute lunch. And some classes may take their lunch break in the middle of the period.

Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  Grab and go items will be provided in various locations to minimize lines and waiting time. When in line, students must follow social distancing guidelines. Designated areas inside and outside, when possible, will be provided for students.  Students may remove their masks while they eat and must be six feet apart from other people. Space for lunch will be provided throughout both campuses. In addition, we have ordered tents to allow more students to eat outside when weather allows.   

What is the purpose of X Block?
X Block, the 10th period in our Trevian Block Schedule, will be scheduled in a variety of ways. Students will be able to make up tests or study independently. Some X Blocks will be reserved for department meetings and other professional collaboration, which will be essential for our success during this significant transition. We also will have student programming a few times a month. Some of that programming will be voluntary and some will be mandatory. All mandatory X Blocks will be on the calendar far in advance, and that calendar will be released by the first day of school. If a student does not have any obligations during X Block, they may leave school.

What can students do during free periods?
Students who have free periods may go to any of the designated areas inside or outside the building, when available.  Masks must always be worn at all times unless outside the building and six feet apart from all other individuals.

How will Kinetic Wellness classes run? 
Students and staff must abide by all guidelines provided in each Kinetic Wellness class including cleaning equipment, social distancing, and locker room use. Students must wear masks unless they are engaged in an outdoor activity in which they can stay six feet apart from all other students. 

What will happen in Music classes? 
Students and staff must abide by the guidelines provided in each instrumental and vocal music class. Students should wear masks at all times unless actively using a wind instrument.

What are some examples of typical student schedules under the Trevian Block Schedule? 
You can find some examples of different types of student schedules (a student with five core classes, a student in the IGSS program, a student with Resource support, a student taking an Early Bird class) here