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Scheduling and Courses
As you’ve learned already if you’ve committed to coming to Perpich, the school curriculum and schedule are different, possibly very different, from your home school.
Perpich operates on a block schedule: the day is divided into two 90-minute classes ("blocks") and one 50-minute class in the morning. The 90-minute classes are double that of a regular school schedule where classes are normally 40-45 minutes.
This allows our instructors to offer much richer and more project-based lessons. In one semester you will complete a course credit that would take you a year to complete in a non-block-scheduled high school.
As a result, you will be able to accomplish a great deal academically while at Perpich. For example, in one year you would be able to complete credits in English, science, math, social studies and a world language while also finding time for electives.
At Perpich your arts studies are integral to your academic planning. They are not electives but at the heart of the learning you pursue every day. Arts classes, studios and rehearsals take place from 1-4 p.m. every day except Friday when classes end at 3:30 p.m.
The arts courses are determined by the instructors in each arts area and while there is some choice involved on the student’s part in some areas, you will not register for arts classes other than to indicate “arts” in your afternoon slot. Your instructors will determine how you will experience the curriculum. Your arts courses are college-preparatory with reading, homework and projects that must be pursued outside of class as well as in class.