Changes to High School Bell Schedule

Changes to High School Bell Schedule 

Wednesday Late Starts

Every Wednesday, classes will start at 7:40 a.m. This will allow our teachers to meet in meaningful professional development to further enhance the curriculum for their individual subjects with their colleagues and allow time for cross-curricular collaboration, additional tutoring opportunities, and club meetings. This additional fifteen minutes will have a definitive and a positive impact on student learning and engagement.

This does NOT impact transportation. Bus schedules will run normally. Students who arrive on campus before 7:40 a.m. will have several opportunities (listed below).

Some items to keep in mind

  1. This will be each Wednesday of the school year except for the following Wednesdays designated as half-days for the high schools: August 28, 2019, September 25, 2019, November 27, 2019, Decemeber 18, 2019, January 29, 2020, February 26, 2020 and May 20, 2020.
  2. Bus pick up and drop off at school will not change.
  3. A Hour/Zero Hour classes will still meet every Wednesday starting at 6:25 a.m.
  4. Clubs will be able to meet prior to the beginning of the school day.
  5. Teachers will have additional opportunities to tutor students who may need additional help.
  6. Counselors and the career center will be open to help with completion of ECAP and scholarship applications.
  7. The cafeteria will be open for breakfast and/or snacks prior to the start of the school day.
  8. The warning bell will ring at 7:35 a.m., with the late bell ringing at 7:40 a.m. signaling the start of the school day.

Change in the Number of Designated Class Periods

  1. We have run a schedule in the past that contained seven designated periods. This year we will have eight periods. 
  2. This places us in compliance with Arizona Revised Statutes regarding the designation of lunch and class periods.
  3. Lunches will be given a period designation. Students will be assigned either 4th-hour lunch/A lunch or 5th hour lunch/B lunch. The 30-minute lunch time allocation will not change.
  4. Time spent in class will not change. Instructional minutes will remain the same.
  5. The regular last class of the day, which concludes at 2:15 p.m., will be designated as 7th-hour period, while the extended 8th-hour period will release at 3:15 p.m.


Bell schedules will be posted on the website prior to the start of the school year.