st. rita's unique rotating bell schedule
St. Rita has a rotating schedule for its students. The bell schedule means that students do not take the same class at the same time every day. Students learn differently at different times of the day, and our bell schedule allows them a chance to learn at their peak performance for all classes. Students take seven classes in total, and six classes will meet every day, meaning there is often one class each day a student does not take.
Our bell schedule also has built-in Activities periods during the morning four days a week. This 18-minute break is given to students after second period, where they can meet with Clubs/Activities, have study/review groups, get a jump-start on homework, prepare for a test or quiz, or seek the help of a teacher to ask questions. We also allow our students to "decompress" and use the facilities of our school for recreation.
An extended passing period toward the end of the school day, before the final period, allows for the simple use or the washroom, re-hydration or talking to friends.
Last, but not least, is a 32-minute lunch period for our students. We feel that our students need time to socialize and be themselves, and the lunch period affords them time to interact with their fellow Ritamen and enjoy a full lunch with relaxation.
Our school day begins at 8:30 a.m. and dismissal is at 2:35 p.m. Some classes meet for 50 minutes four times per week, while others meet for 40 minutes five times per week.