The FernLeaf calendar is a variation on the traditional public school calendar and is designed to balance the needs of students, parents, teachers and the community. Scheduled instructional days and intersession breaks provide continuity in the learning process, facilitate both long- and short-term project undertakings, provide students and teachers with adequate breaks, and limit the consecutive time students spend out of school in order to ensure retention of skills and content. The duration of intersession breaks provides parents with adequate opportunities to spend time with their children while balancing the very real considerations of work schedules. The regularly scheduled professional development days and teacher work days provide teachers with adequate time for collaboration and the development of rich and engaging learning opportunities.
Some unique features in our specific calendar include: early release at 12:00 p.m. every Friday, well-placed February and October breaks that help avoid a time in the school year that is typically difficult for student engagement, and no need for weather-related re-scheduling due to advanced preparation by our staff for virtual days when needed.
Regular School Day Schedule
7:30 - 7:55 a.m. Students arrive
8:00 a.m. - School day begins
M - Th 3:00 p.m. & F 12:00 noon - Dismissal
M - Th 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. & F 12:00 Noon - 6:00 p.m. - Extended care (optional)