st. rita's unique rotating bell schedule
St. Rita has instituted a rotating schedule for its students. The new 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 new 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 new bell schedule also has built-in Activities periods throughout the day.
A 19-minute break is given to students after second period, where they can meet with Clubs/Activities, get a jump-start on homework, review for a test or quiz, or seek the help of a teacher to ask questions. Freshmen mentoring is also held during this time, as well as Study/Review sessions for many classes. We also allow our students to "decompress" and use the facilities of our school for recreation.
A six-minute break is at the end of the school day, before the final period, to use the washroom, re-hydrate, or talk to friends.
Last, but not least, is a 42-minute lunch period for our students. We feel that our students need time to socialize and be themselves, and the longer 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 2:44 p.m. Some classes meet for 55 minutes, while others meet for 52 or 42 minutes, depending on the rotation that day.