The academic and clinical teams at Heritage continuously explore opportunities to maximize each student’s therapeutic experience and ‘make every moment count’ (Heritage motto). Effective May 15, 2017, Heritage will begin an enhanced daily schedule. The enhanced daily routine will provide many benefits and positively influence student sleeping patterns, academic performance, and overall therapeutic outcomes.
Along with other program activities and components, the new student schedule provides the same amount of sleep that easily meets the recommended number of hours for teens. It also offers the daily active time, free time, and six and a half hours of direct classroom instruction in school as the current schedule. Additionally, the new schedule offers time for additional exercise and mindfulness to take place in the morning, before school, to best prepare students for their day.
|7:00 am||Wake Up|
|7:00 am – 9:15 am||Exercise, hygiene, breakfast (Order of activities varies for each home)|
|9:15 am – 3:43 pm||School (Boys and girls programs continue to attend school in separate buildings)|
|3:43 pm -5:30 pm||Home activities, group therapy, free time|
|5:30 pm – 6:00 pm||Dinner (Meal times vary slightly from home to home)|
|6:00 pm – 9:00 pm||Home activities, recreation therapy, sports, free time|
|9:00 pm||Nightly reflections (Home group meeting)|
A few of the benefits to the new schedule are:
- Better prepared students as a result of a morning routine that consists of exercise, mindfulness, planning, and meditation. Speaking to the benefits of a morning exercise routine John Ratsey, author of the best selling book, Spark, says, student(s) are “more prepared to learn in their classes; their senses are heightened; their focus and mood are improved; they are less fidgety and tense; and they feel more motivated and invigorated.” (Ratsey, J. J. (2008) Spark. New York, NY: Little Brown Company)
- Better prepared teachers. Currently teacher prep times occur throughout the school day. With students arriving for their first period 45 minutes later, the updated schedule makes it possible for prep hours to occur before the class schedule begins for all teachers.
- Fewer class periods (6 compared to 7), resulting in longer class times (10 additional minutes per class). “Teachers see fewer students during the day, giving them more time for individualized instruction. Students have more time for reflection and less information to process over the course of a school day.” (NEA Reviews of the Research on Best Practices in Education.)
- Additional course offerings per period (2) to meet the specific needs of more students. Heritage will be more flexible and have the potential to separate classes even more by age and/or grade level.
- Increased individualized attention with fewer students per class (8-10 compared to 10-12), resulting in additional support and attention.
Boys and girls will continue to attend school in separate buildings. Students and families will receive the same number of individual, family, group, equine, recreation and specialty group offerings. After school schedules are also slightly adjusted and give the home staff time necessary to develop strong, healthy relationships with students while planning and executing on and off campus life changing activities.
We are excited for the new schedule to take effect and are confident that students will quickly recognize the benefits of a daily routine that increases overall physical and emotional health.