The Middle School schedule is an innovative and signature part of the Hillbrook Education that balances the intentional use of time for in-depth project-based learning experiences while also creating a program that values our Middle School students’ need for flexibility, agency, and creativity. Our remote learning program reflects the excellence and intentionality of our regular school program, providing ample time for real-time connection and collaboration between peers and teachers while also recognizing a need to be agile and easily adaptable to the needs of each family as we navigate this time in our country.
On Mondays, at 8 AM: Our entire community synchronously tunes in for Virtual Flag, the online version of our weekly school-wide assembly, where we will share announcements, an opportunity to share jokes, and connect as a community.
From 8 - 8:30 AM each day
, all middle school students connect for advisory time via Flipgrid
. Advisors share a video reminding students of their responsibilities that day and directing them to the places they should look for assignments, including email and Google Classroom
. This platform also allows students to interact with one another and with their advisor, providing our best possible substitute for face-to-face connection and community. Advisors use entries on Flipgrid to take “attendance” to ensure that students are accessing directions for the day. On Fridays, all advisories will be held at the same time using Google Meet, giving students and their advisors dedicated weekly time to connect live with each other.
By 8 AM, all teachers—including academics, PE, and even electives—use Google Classroom, Flipgrid, or another digital platform to provide two learning opportunities each day that their class would have met at school. Virtual assignments are due the same day and are designed to take the length of that class period.
Teachers also offer other ways in which students can continue learning at home and with each other—for instance, through a whole-class Google Meet.
By noon, students can expect responses from their teachers to any questions they shared during their morning work time.
From 3-4 PM, just as in the regular school day, academic teachers will hold virtual office hours for extra help (an optional resource for students) via Google Meet.
As it would during the regular school week, Reach Beyond learning continues each Tuesday! Reach Beyond Block is dedicated time in the schedule where students engage with social impact, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work through a variety of hands-on, real-world, and—at times—student-led experiences.
Middle School students only need to remember one deadline: All assignments for the day are due by 8 PM.
Support for students and families: The partnership between home and school has always been a crucial element within the Hillbrook experience. The success of Hillbrook’s remote learning is scaffolded upon this shared community value.
Teachers and members of the Hillbrook Tech Team respond to parent and student questions and support needs during the school day.
Teachers consistently provide feedback on student work and update digital gradebooks in a manner similar to how they would have if regular school were in session.