Schedule Change

 Dan Li ’22 gears up for new 
school year

 Western Reserve Academy students returned to campus on August 16th to start the 2021-2022 school year. Coming off a year affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many changes on campus, including another schedule alteration. 

These changes have resulted in another year of puzzled students navigating the lawn’s wide sweep while searching for their next class. Students have been left to speculate why the schedule has changed again, but since it will remain for the rest of the school year, they will need to adjust to the switch.

Every year it seems there is a change in the academic schedule, leaving students to question the lack of consistency. What is the purpose of these changes? What are the benefits of these schedules compared to those of the past? Will it decrease stress levels among the student body? Ms. Horgan from the Social Science department has been teaching at WRA for 36 years and counting. During the time since she has been here, there have been over 20 schedule changes. 

Three-year junior student Sam Pinkerton ’23 acknowledged the schedule has been inconsistent since he has been at WRA. However, he also mentioned that he likes having two days in between classes with the current schedule for more time to do homework and study.

The Associate Head of School, Dr. Kent, was a main contributor to the new schedule. His initial goal when creating this template was to get rid of the module system that was used in the 2020-2021 school year. He believed the modules served a good purpose in a time of crisis, but it is time to get back to normal.

Kent also mentioned the main benefit of this semester schedule compared to those from the past is surplus time. This schedule offers a free period for students every day, so after class there is more time to relax, study and collaborate with friends. There are also more tracks per rotation, so students can take more electives. For faculty collaboration, this schedule is designed for each department to have all members free at the same time, particularly during Common Academic Time.

While there are pros and cons to changing the schedule every year, the academic office has hopefully created a schedule that is beneficial to the daily lives of WRA students.

– Gavin Liegl ’23

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