We've designed a schedule to suit both the natural biological rhythms of adolescents and the busy lives of working parents. This means that school is open from 8am - 6pm, covering a typical working day for parents, while the required part of the school day starts slightly later, at 8:45am, a more productive and engaged time for students.
Open Hours: Millennium School is open from 8am - 6pm, Monday-Friday.
Required School Hours: 8:45am - 3:30pm.
Pre-Care (8:00 - 8:45am) is optional and is offered at no additional cost to families. This time offers adult supervision while students settle in, talk with friends, work on a project, or warm up with some light sports.
After-Care (3:30 - 6:00pm) is available, and while our school is co-located with the Don Fisher Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Club, will be offered for free to all Millennium families as part of their enrollment. Once we move into our long-term space, After-Care will be offered at an additional cost, adjusted for families on Flexible Tuition (for example, if a family's Flex Tuition rate is 50% of full cost, they will have the opportunity to access After-Care for 50% of the cost as well). Structured activities are offered, or students may use this time to work or hang out with friends in a safe, adult-supervised environment.
Why the later start time?
Neuroscience is beginning to answer the question that many parents and teachers have asked: why do adolescents love to stay up late and hate to wake up early? There is now substantial research showing that puberty temporarily changes sleep patterns, setting teens' biological clocks to later bedtimes and later waking times. When schools start too early, the result for many teens is poor memory, more errors, reduced motivation and higher rates of depression. This research informs our choice, and that of a growing number of schools, to set our start time at 8:45am.
We've created a unique calendar, focused on supporting deeper learning experiences for students. While the start and end dates are similar to many other schools - the 2016-17 school year will start on August 22, 2016 and end on June 9, 2017 - it's how we use that time that's different.
Terms: Millennium School has five terms each year, each for six weeks long. Within each term, students don't have to split their focus among 6-8 classes; rather, they have only 3 courses at a time, allowing each to be interdisciplinary and to have significant blocks of time during the week for projects and seminars. This allows deeper exploration of key topics, while across five terms, the full breadth of subjects areas are covered.
Intersessions: Before and after each term, we have a one week "intersession." Intersession is an opportunity for even deeper and more focused learning. Students may spend the week apprenticing with a local company; doing an educational trip; designing and completing a challenge project; or participating in a whole-school simulation, for example if Millennium School turned into Ancient Greece for a week. This is not a vacation period; school is still fully in session at the same hours. The first and last intersession of the year are both outdoor expeditions, rich with opportunities for learning about oneself, building resilience, and forming a strong bond with fellow students and faculty.
Key Dates for 2017-2018 School Year
Downloadable Full Calendar
First day of school: August 21, 2017
Last day of school: June 8, 2018
Summer Programming: Through our partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, Millennium students will have access to summer program offerings through the Boys and Girls Club, which have an additional but modest cost.
September 4, 2017 (Labor Day)
October 9, 2017 (Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples' Day)
November 10, 2017 (Veterans Day)
November 20 - 24, 2017 (Thanksgiving Break)
December 22, 2017 - January 5, 2018 (Winter Break)
January 15, 2018 (Martin Luther King, Jr Day)
February 19-23, 2018 (Presidents' Week Break)
April 9 - 13, 2018 (Spring Break)
May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day)