By Ryan Schmidt '19
On Friday, March 3, 2017, Chaminade unveiled an exciting change for the upcoming school year. Along with the brand new Science Center which will most likely be open for use next January, Chaminade also updated the schedule and curriculum. This new schedule and curriculum would not only mean the maximum usage for the Science building, but also this schedule would benefit the students.
The schedule for next year will be in a block format, not the periods which we have now. Instead of having all six core periods a day, the block schedule will help students concentrate and immerse themselves in only three subjects a day. Currently, some students have 2 tests and 3-4 quizzes on some days. With the new schedule, the assessments will be more spread out, and students will have less subjects to study for on a specific day, so that they can study more for that one test. Hopefully, this will lead students to having higher averages, as a result of the specific concentration. The block schedule will incorporate having 3 core classes a day for approximately 75 minutes. These classes will be at the beginning and the end of the day. In the middle of the day there will be 4 classes for 36 minutes. These four classes will include lunch, gym, study hall, SAT/ACT Prep, art, and computer science and more. This will be very beneficial especially the SAT/ACT prep. Next year, most of us will take these standardized tests that are very key for the college selection process. This course will make sure that we are prepared to do our very best on these exams. Thus, this block schedule will benefit the whole Chaminade community.
Chaminade’s curriculum is also having some changes. Next year, Advance Placement courses are being implemented. The AP’s are challenging but will be very beneficial. Also, instead of Freshman starting out with Earth Science or Oceanography the Freshman will be taking Biology. Also, the Freshman will take geometry opposed to Algebra.
Thus, Chaminade is truly advancing the mission and making sure that the students are best equipped to succeed in the world. Therefore, this block schedule and change in curriculum along with the opening of the state of the art science building are all keys to enhancing the already challenging environment offered at Chaminade. This is a new horizon for Chaminade.