Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Lovett moving to a new schedule?

2016-17 marks the ninth year of Lovett’s current daily schedule. In many respects, it has worked extremely well; however, as time passed, we began to question how it could be even better. In late spring of 2015, Lovett convened a cross-divisional, cross-disciplinary committee to explore the schedule and consider what improvements we might make. This committee met regularly for 18 months, collecting a tremendous amount of feedback from faculty, staff, students, and parents about what worked well and what could be improved. The group also reviewed the latest research on brain development in children and adolescents, particularly as it relates to sleep and learning. Finally, they studied dozens of schedules from other schools similar to ours to look for best practices on this subject.

In designing a new schedule, one of our driving questions was, “How might we create a daily schedule that reflects our commitment to student wellness?” A late start every Wednesday and slightly later start time for Middle and Upper School students the other days of the week responds to the volumes of research indicating that adolescents do not receive adequate sleep. By eliminating Upper School “A days” and Middle School “non-blocking days,” during which all seven classes met, we have removed a part of the schedule that proved too hectic for both students and teachers. We have also standardized class start and end times in the Middle and Upper Schools so that students do not need to keep track of a different schedule each day of the rotation. Additional opportunities for students to seek extra help from teachers, both before and after school, are also included. Finally, we we are restructuring the blocks of time for reading, writing, social studies, and math in the Lower School schedule, to allow for smoother transitions to and from resource classes.

What are the start and end times for each division?

In the Lower School, school begins at 8:00 a.m. Kindergarten dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. and Grades 1-5 dismiss at 2:55 p.m. On Wednesdays, Lower School begins at 8:45 a.m.

In the Middle School, school begins at 8:15 a.m. and dismisses at 3:20 p.m. On Wednesdays, Middle School begins at 8:40 a.m.

Upper School begins at 8:15 a.m. and dismisses at 3:10 p.m. On Wednesdays, Upper School begins at 8:45 a.m. Senior off-campus privileges for late arrival and early dismissal will continue to operate as they have in the past.

How early may students arrive?

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, Middle and Upper School students are welcome to arrive at 7:00 a.m., as they have in the past. Middle School students are encouraged to attend tutorial beginning at 7:50 a.m. Lower School students may attend Brain Gym beginning at 7:20 a.m.

We hope that the later start on Wednesday mornings will allow students to sleep in, enjoy additional family time, or simply benefit from a slower start to the day. For Lower School students who need to arrive early on Wednesday mornings, free childcare and breakfast snacks will be available for students beginning at 7:20 a.m. Additional information about this before-school care will be available in the summer. Middle School students who arrive prior to 8:30 a.m. may go to the cafe or study in the Middle School Multipurpose Room. Upper School students who arrive early may spend their time in any approved location on campus.

When will tutorial meet?

Lower School tutorial will be available Monday through Thursday, from 3:05 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Middle School tutorial will be available every day except Wednesday, from 7:50 a.m. until 8:10 a.m. Students may also schedule after school appointments with teachers, from 3:25 p.m. until 3:45 p.m.

Upper School students may schedule before-school appointments with teachers, between 7:45 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Tutorial is also available Monday through Thursday, from 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

How will the new schedule impact carpool?

Staggered start and end times should ease some carpool traffic. As is our usual practice, we will communicate specific carpool plans in late July or early August.

How many days are in the schedule rotation?

Classes in all divisions will rotate over six days, A through F.  Upper School “A days,” in which all 7 classes meet, and Middle School “non-blocking days,” in which all 7 classes meet, have been eliminated, meaning students will have fewer classes for which to prepare each night.

Why is there a late start every Wednesday?

Sleep patterns change for children as they go through puberty, such that they have difficulty falling asleep before 11:00 p.m. In order for students to get the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep per night, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a middle school and upper school start time of 8:30 a.m. or later. Though our schedule begins at 8:15 a.m. most days of the week, we are excited to give students the opportunity to start school later on Wednesdays. Additionally, moving to weekly late starts allows us to hold faculty meetings and professional development before school, when there are no conflicts for coaches due to athletic practices or competitions, and when all Lower School co-teachers can participate.

Why not start Middle School and Upper School classes later every day?

Most of our initial revised schedule drafts included a later start each day. However, we have very little flexibility with the time school ends. Atlanta traffic, lack of lighted fields / courts at other schools, and GHSA requirements around athletic match start times make it extremely difficult to dismiss any later than we are. Were we to do so, in-season student athletes would likely miss a significant amount of class in order to get to competitions on time. Additional facility constraints on our own campus, including dining logistics, also impact our regular start and end times. Most importantly, starting school later every day while maintaining an end time close to 3:00 p.m. would require reducing class time, a choice we were not comfortable making.

When should my child wear his or her chapel uniform?

Students should wear their chapel uniforms on chapel days. In the Lower School, chapel is every Tuesday. In the Middle School, chapel is every Thursday. In the Upper School, chapel is every F day.

What does it mean that teachers are available “by appointment” for MS students in the afternoon and for US students in the morning?

Students who wish to meet with a teacher during the morning (Upper School) and afternoon (Middle School) periods when faculty are available by appointment should email or talk to the teacher to make an appointment. While teachers may be available in their classrooms during this time without an appointment, students should not make that assumption. Appointments are not necessary for morning tutorial (MS) or afternoon tutorial (US).
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