Block scheduling still draws mixed reviews

The shift towards a block schedule has been an eye-opener for many students and teachers, but opinions have varied.

“Some teachers feel like the time frame is compressed so much that the amount of material is hard to cover,” Assistant Principal Glenn Webb said. “Even though there is more time than [the previous schedule], the time to process is shortened when compared to [previous years].”

However, Webb said that many of the teachers enjoy the new schedule.

“They find that their [students] are engaged more deeply in the content,” Webb said. “They get to spend more time in the practical application side of the content that they’re teaching when compared to a 45-minute period.”

Academically, not much has changed due to the block schedule.

“Students have about the same level of success that they have found before,” Webb said. “Teachers are finding the same level of commitment and engagement, as well.”

Sophomore Mitchell Cooper agrees.

“[The block schedule] has not affected my grades at all,” Cooper said. “I am still the best student in my grade.” 

Although it hadn’t visually affected his grades, Cooper has mixed feelings about the schedule.

“I think [the block schedule] is all right, but I actually prefer the old schedule more,” Cooper said. “A lot of classes have to cram in all their stuff like APUSH, where I feel like teachers are overwhelmed, and that makes the students overwhelmed as well.”

There is uncertainty about whether Brevard Public Schools will continue with the current format.

“We don’t have any choice in the school,” Webb said. “If they say we’ll stay in the block schedule, then we’ll stay in the block schedule. If they say we’re going back to a seven-period day, we’ll go back to a seven-period day.”

By Hendrickson Ha