We open early and close late.
Doors open starting at 7 AM, and students can socialize in the Commons, study in the Library, or enjoy our outdoor spaces until 8:30 AM.*
On a typical day, students have four class periods
, with 2nd period, community period, and lunch running consecutively – providing a midday opportunity for field trips, lab work, and experiential learning in DC. Everyone has different cognitive highs and lows during the day, so we use a rotating schedule
to move different classes through different time slots.
Each day, we have a community period
from 11:15 AM to 12 PM, dedicated to assemblies, grade meetings, home rooms, affinity groups, and more – so students always have time to connect with friends, both within and outside their own grade.
Everyone has lunch
at the same time, and students can purchase a meal plan from Vignola Gourmet
or bring lunch from home. We have an open campus
in the high school, so students also take full advantage of the carry-out and food truck options lining Connecticut Avenue (within a specific radius of campus).
At 3:30 PM, classes wrap up for the day – but most students stay on campus for rehearsals and sports practices
, while others set up shop in the computer lab or an art studio. We also offer proctored study halls until 5:30 PM, and the buildings don't close until 6:30 PM.
* Notice the later start time? That's new. The 2020-21 school year did require some creative scheduling, and a few changes worked so well that we decided to keep them in 2021-22.