Thursday, February 5, 2015


Today is day four of our blog series all about academics, and we're covering "time" at BVP.


Time is not a commodity at BVP; time is golden. We have a longer day, a longer year (when the weather gods don’t have other plans, that is), a robust homework structure, and we tap into Saturdays and school breaks for even more time. 

There’s no time to waste, and that is perhaps one of our most deeply held beliefs. 

So where does all this time go?

At the elementary level:
  • 100 minutes of mathematics, focused on fluency, problem solving, and content
  • 150 minutes of English Language Arts, grounded in textual analysis, author’s craft writing, and word study
  • 40 minutes of science and technology, with the balance of time devoted to inquiry -- in other words, being a scientist and doing science
  • 25-30 minutes of history, rooted in the exploration of primary source documents as well as informational and literary texts to construct meaning about the past
  • 2 enrichment blocks daily, rotating between art, music, and physical education and health
  • Lunch, breaks, town hall, and morning meetings

At the middle school level:
  • 100 minutes of mathematics
  • 100 minutes of English Language Arts
  • 50 minutes of science
  • 50 minutes of history
  • At least 50 minutes of enrichment daily, inclusive of art, music, physical education and health, world language (8th grade only)
  • Lunch, recess, daily advisories, town hall, and morning meetings

At the high school level:
  • 90 minutes of mathematics
  • 90 minutes of English Language Arts
  • 45 minutes of science
  • 45 minutes of history
  • At least 45 minutes of enrichment daily, inclusive of art, physical education and health, world language
  • Daily Extended Learning Opportunities (ELOs) in the topic of the scholar’s choosing
  • Lunch, office hours, All School Meetings

Somehow, it isn’t enough. Even with all of this time, we continue to see scholars who need more support. We also see scholars who can be pushed to truly phenomenal heights, and we want that time with them, too. 

We want to spend more time analyzing text at deeper levels, supporting writers to better articulate their ideas, offering opportunities to invent new pathways to solving mathematical problems, exploring our scientific experiments further. 

We think our scholars are brilliant, and we crave the time to help them actualize that brilliance. 

We believe in capitalizing on every single moment with scholars and extending the learning when scholars are not with us. That’s where homework comes in. We have big goals for our scholars, and the bar is high in order for our scholars to compete in today’s global economy. Knowing that, we can’t stop the learning when the school bell rings. This is a topic we’ve blogged about before (you can read our post here).

Total HW Time
Per Night
Nightly Reading (Total: Assigned or Independent)
Math Fluency (flashcards, mad minute, online practice, etc.)
60 mins
30 minutes
10 minutes
20 minutes
1 hr, 10 mins
30 minutes
10 minutes
30 minutes
1 hr, 30 mins
30 minutes
10 minutes
50 minutes
1 hr, 45 mins
30 minutes
10 minutes
65 minutes (spread across content area)
2 hrs
30 minutes
10 minutes
80 minutes (spread across contents, including world language)
2 hrs
30 minutes
10 minutes
80 minutes (spread across contents, including world language)
There’s no hiding that BVP scholars do a lot of work, and we always aim for it to be meaningful work. We’re confident saying this is our best bet to opening as many doors for our scholars as possible.

The next segment of this series focuses on assessment at BVP. We hope you will continue following! Engage with us through comments, questions, and shares, and please take this opportunity to shout out topics you’d like to see highlighted in future blog series.

By Kate Crowe and Drew Madden

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