Creative Scheduling Committee

Proposed New Bell Schedule for Gunn

Update (Spring 2016)

The Creative Schedule Committee (CSC) is continuing its work from last spring and is serving as the team to assess implementation of the new schedule and recommend minor revisions to make it the best it can be.  There are six students, five parents, and eleven staff members on the CSC.

We conducted a comprehensive satisfaction survey in December 2015 and held student and staff focus groups in March and April.  All of the information we collected demonstrated a high level of overall satisfaction with our new bell schedule among all stakeholder groups.  However, people identified a few key areas where improvements would be helpful.

  • More consistency between 5-day and 4-day/special schedules
  • Shorter Fridays (currently ends at 3:45pm)
  • Students really like Flex Time - consider adding more


The CSC considered many, many iterations of the bell schedule to best address the areas for improvement.  The committee reached consensus on the schedule below and this will be the bell schedule we use for the 2016-17 school year.

  • All courses meet 75 min on first session, 80 min the second session, and 70 min the third session
  • Friday classes end at 3:35 pm, instead of 3:45 pm
  • The class rotation on Monday and Tuesday mirrors the class rotation of classes on the 4-day weeks
  • Flex time remains on Tuesday morning and Tutorial is extended to 50 min on Thursday afternoon


Download the revised Bell Schedule for 2016-2017


 

Creative Scheduling Committee agrees on a new bell schedule for Gunn High School (Spring 2015)

The Creative Scheduling Committee agreed on a new bell schedule for Gunn High School. The agreement was reached by concensus and was presented May 12th, 2015 to the PAUSD Board of Education meeting.

Download the Bell Schedule for 2015-2016

Committee Charge

The Charge of the Creative Schedule Committee (CSC) is to Investigate, analyze and recommend a creative schedule that will optimize student learning and well-being.

Any schedule recommendations that come from this committee must meet the following criteria:

Decrease the number of class periods that meet each day to reduce the pace and homework load for students and teachers
Dedicated time for school counselors and other staff to deliver social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and college/career planning
Increase length of class periods to support project-based learning, authentic assessment, and instruction aligned with the Common Core State Standards
Dedicated time for teacher collaboration (PLCs) to align and enhance curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Increase length of class periods to support project-based learning, authentic assessment, and instruction aligned with the Common Core State Standards 
Instructional time will be reasonably compatible at both high schools 


Recommendation will meet state requirements and be supported by current research and evidence about student learning and well-being