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The "Block" Schedule

 

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At AAHS our academic calendar is split into eight "blocks".  Each block contains month-long classes in which students work on projects for 100 minutes every day.  Blocks that are paired in quarters and often have classes that focus on common themes.  Throughout blocks, students check in with teachers and advisors.  After each block, students celebrate their achievement and share their projects with the community at an “Exhibition Day”.  After projects are presented and assessed at exhibition day students earn credit for their hard work.

The block system is represented below. You can find the various parts on the academic calendar.


Block Schedule

 

Quarter 1

Block 1

Exhibition Day

Block 2

Exhibition Day

Earn up to two blocks worth of credits

Quarter 2:

Block 3

Exhibition Day

Block 4

Exhibition Day

Earn up to two blocks worth of credits

 

 

Quarter 3

Block 5

Exhibition Day

Block 6

Exhibition Day

Earn up to two blocks worth of credits

Quarter 4

Block 7

Exhibition Day

Block 8

Exhibition Day

Earn up to two blocks worth of credits

 

Testing

Though testing is not a central part of our class curriculum (our world needs people that can DO things, not just take tests), our school is still accountable to show student growth and proficiency through standardized tests.  The data from these tests helps teachers better understand student needs.  Throughout the year, students take the following standardized tests:

  • MCA - The standardized tests required of all schools by the State of Minnesota. This test measures proficiency in different subjects.

  • NWEA - An optional test that our school chooses to use. The NWEA test assesses growth. Students take this test twice per year. The results of this test help both teachers and students better understand how students are learning and how to best help them succeed.