What does the school day look like in other districts around Illinois?

The average length of the school day across the state and country is 6.5 hours. We thought it would be interesting to start looking at how other school districts in this state use their time. We are finding that many districts have more time for PE, recess/lunch, social studies, arts, etc.  Feel free to add your thoughts or other info on districts. This schedule doesn't address class size or funding. As we know, the way IL funds education through a heavy reliance on property taxes causes inequity. Per pupil spending varies greatly in this state but it's still important to see what the kids in Chicago are getting now as we try and craft a better plan for next school year, and compare it to what other students in our state are getting in their school day.

Here's a 4th grade schedule from Orrington school in Evanston (6.5 hour day):

TIME
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
9:05-9:40
Morning Routine/Warm-up
Morning Routine/Warm-up
Morning Routine/Warm-up
Morning Routine/Warm-up
Morning Routine/Warm-up
9:40-10:00
Gym
Gym
Gym
Gym
Gym
10:00-10:10
Water Break
Water Break
Water Break
Water Break
Water Break
10:10-10:50



Fine Arts/Music


Fine Arts/Library
Fine Arts/Enrichment
Math
Fine Arts/Art
10:50-11:20
Writing Workshop


Writing Workshop
Writing Workshop
Writing Workshop
Writing Workshop
11:20-12:00




Reading
Reading
Reading




Reading
Reading
12:00-12:20
Recess
Recess
Recess
Recess
Recess
12:20-12:45
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
12:45-1:30



Independent Reading
Read Aloud
Independent Reading
Read Aloud
Independent Reading
Read Aloud
Independent Reading
Read Aloud
Independent Reading
Read Aloud
1:40-2:20




Math




Math
Math
Drama
Math
2:20-3:30


Social Studies/Science




Social Studies/Science
Social Studies/Science
Social Studies/Science
Social Studies/Science
3:30-3:35
Dismissal Routine
Dismissal Routine
Dismissal Routine
Dismissal Routine
Dismissal Routine


Her's a 3rd grade schedule from Devonshire school in Skokie (6hr15)

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

 

8:45

Morning Business

Morning Business

Morning Business

Morning Business

Morning Business

 

9:00

Guided Reading/Indep. Practice

Guided Reading/Indep. Practice

Guided Reading/Indep, Practice

Guided Reading/Indep, Practice

Guided Reading/Indep. Practice

 

9:40

Phonics/

Vocabulary

Phonics/

Vocabulary

Phonics/

Vocabulary

Phonics/

Vocabulary

Phonics/

Vocabulary

 

10:00

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

 

10:15

Snack/Read Aloud

Snack/Read Aloud

Snack/Read Aloud

Snack/Read Aloud

Snack/Read Aloud

 

10:30

Gym

Music

Shared Reading Comprehension 

Gym

Shared Reading Comprehension

 

11:00

Number Corner & Math

Number Corner & Math

Number Corner & Math

Number Corner & Math

Number Corner & Math

 

12:05

Recess/Lunch

Recess/Lunch

Recess/Lunch

Recess/Lunch

Recess/Lunch

 

1:00

Shared Reading Comprehension 

Shared Reading Comprehension

Science/Social Studies

Writing 

Music

 

1:30

Writing

Library

Gym

Writing

 

2:00

Science/Social Studies 

 

 

 

 

Writing

Art 2:00-2:45

 

 

 

 

 

2:30

Dismissal

Science/Social Studies 

 
2:45-3:00 Catch up  

3:00

XXXXXXXXXX

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

Dismissal

 

Here's a 3rd grade schedule from River Valley School in Lemont, IL (6hr15min)

Schedule

9:00-10:00 Guided Reading

10:00-10:40 Writing

10:40-10:55 Recess

10:55-11:40 Modeled/Shared Reading

11:40-12:20 Lunch

12:30-1:00 Art (M) Music (Tu) Handwriting (W) 2nd Step (TH) Computers (F)

1:00-2:00 Math

2:00-2:40 Social Studies/Science (M/W/TH/F)

2:05-2:25 Library Checkout (Tu)

2:45-3:05 PE

3:15 Dismissal

 

This is from a 3rd grade class in Mt. Prospect:

Morning
         8:50-9:10   Attendance, Pledge, and Announcements
*Daily Announcements can be viewed by Parents and Students at home by visiting the
Lions Park Home Page
         9:10-10:20   Literacy Block : Shared Reading, Literacy Skills, and Daily 5 Workshop
        10:20-10-35  Recess
        10:50-11-50  Literacy Block  Spelling and Guided Reading
*P.E. Tuesday and Thursday at 10:50                      *Music Wednesday and Friday at 11:20

Lunch / Lunch Recess     11:50-12:50

Afternoon
        12:50-1:20   Writing Mini Lesson/ Writing 
         1:20-1:50     Science / Social Studies
         1:50-2:50      Math
         2:50-3:15     I Time/  Individual  Skill  Time 
         3:20             Dismissal
*  LRC on Monday                                *Art on Tuesday                            *P.E. on Wednesday

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