Traditional vs. Block: The Local Breakdown

Monday, March 10, 2008

Block schedules, with longer classes that usually meet every other day, have taken hold in most Washington area high schools. But some schools still have traditional 40- to 50-minute classes that meet every day. Here is the situation in local schools:

THE DISTRICT: All regular public high schools have block schedules. (No comprehensive data on public charter schools available.)

MARYLAND: All public high schools in these county systems have block schedules: Anne Arundel, Carroll, Frederick, Prince George's.

All public schools in these county systems have traditional schedules: Calvert, Howard, St. Mary's.

Charles County has one high school on a block schedule and five on traditional schedules. Five Montgomery County high schools have some form of block scheduling.

VIRGINIA: All public high schools in these city and county systems have block schedules: Alexandria, Arlington, Clarke, Culpeper, Fairfax, Falls Church, Fauquier, Loudoun, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William, Rappahannock, Spotsylvania, Winchester.

Stafford County has three high schools on block schedules and two on traditional schedules.

-- Jay Mathews

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