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Middle School Common Schedule

4J middle school schedules are now more similar across schools

To support student learning and increase operational efficiency, in early 2013 Eugene School District 4J worked to develop a common schedule for middle schools.

Having a common schedule for all middle schools would be:

  • More fair. Students’ learning opportunities and time expectations for teachers would be more equitable.
  • More efficient. Having different schedules in our middle schools creates operational inefficiencies, increases costs, and makes it difficult to share staff between schools.
  • Better for students. Some students would receive more instructional time than they do now. Changing schools would be much easier for students who move, especially when the transition is mid-year. Advanced students would be better able to access courses at our high schools.

The Middle School Common Schedule Work Group recommended a six-period trimester schedule.

  • Trimester: Beginning in 2013–14, all middle schools now operate on a trimester schedule, three terms per year. This will create some efficiencies and provide greater consistency for students moving to a different middle school. Prior to 2013–14, some middle schools had a trimester schedule and some had a semester schedule.
  • Six-period day: Nearly all of the district’s eight middle schools have six class periods per day, and soon all will have this schedule.