Our Innovative Schedule
DVFriends faculty and administrators developed our current schedule in response to the needs of our middle and upper school students.
Middle and upper school (grades 6 - 12) have three 85-minute academic classes each day (lettered blocks A through G) with non-academic blocks between each. The students’ courses rotate through the schedule so no class meets on consecutive days.
This schedule allows students and teachers time for deeper dives into content and skills development, flexibility for different modes of instruction (whole class, small group, or independent work, exercises, discussions, learning games, and more), and opportunities for one-on-one time with students within a class period. During the extended advisory period, advisors provide direct executive function support, encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of their learning needs, and coach students on self-advocacy.
Community is a critical aspect of the DVFriends experience, and this schedule includes planned times for community-building during all-school Gathering and Meeting for Worship, Community Time and lunch/recess.
Middle School Schedule
Upper School Schedule
Our Lower School follows a more traditional elementary school schedule that corresponds to their learning needs. Their day includes academic blocks for language arts, reading, math, science/social studies as well as time in our Makerspace, exploration time, clubs, recess, and a rotation of enriching specials including music, theater & movement, physical education, Spanish, and art.