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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 2 hours every day.  Blocks that are paired in quarters and have classes that focus on common themes.  After the first block in a quarter, students have a conference with their teachers to reflect on their performance and make a plan if needed.  After the second block in a quarter, students present their projects at 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 at the bottom of this page.


Block Schedule

 

Quarter 1

Block 1

Midterm Student-Teacher Conference

Block 2

Exhibition Day

Earn up to two blocks worth of credits

Quarter 2:

Block 3

Midterm Student-Teacher Conference

Block 4

Exhibition Day

Earn up to two blocks worth of credits

 

 

Quarter 3

Block 5

Midterm Student-Teacher Conference

Block 6

Exhibition Day

Earn up to two blocks worth of credits

Quarter 4

Block 7

Midterm Student-Teacher Conference

Block 8

Exhibition Day

Earn up to two blocks worth of credits

 

Testing

Though testing is not part of our class curriculum, 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.