ACADEMIC TIME (AT)
Enosburg Falls High School AT Program Vision
High performing schools systematically ensure that all students are meaningfully connected with at least one adult in the school and that there is a unified focus on growth. In order to foster these connections, EFHS has a very focused advisory structure we refer to as AT. The “A” represents Academic Acceleration, Access, and Advising. The “T” stands for Time. AT is designed to provide systematic opportunities for students to access academic acceleration, advising, interventions and supports. AT supports this by fostering focus on academics within a structure of community and mentoring. To further elaborate upon this purpose, the following definitions are provided:
- Community Building - Developing positive relationships that foster pride, responsibility, and a desire to become contributing citizens by performing service to the school and greater community.
- Mentoring - Providing guidance to students as they navigate transitions and challenges that they encounter at the various developmental stages of their high school career.
- Academic Enrichment and Support - Ensuring deeper understanding of concepts through targeted academic grouping.
AT Program Structure
- Five days per week, the EFHS schedule includes a 42-minute AT Period.
- ALL students in grades 9-12 will be required to attend AT in their scheduled location.
Advisory- 42 minutes: Students meet with an academic advisor and schedule AT locations for the weekly AT cycle.
AT- 42 minutes: Students follow their schedule to meet teachers for academic acceleration and support
How Does AT Work?
- Advisory: Each week, students will meet with their Academic Advisor in a consistent “permanent” location for Advisory. Most weeks Advisory will take place on Wednesday. However, due to a holiday or inclement weather, Advisory will take place on the next school day of the week and AT will take place during the remainder of the cycle. The main purpose of Advisory is for students to meet with their Academic Advisor in order to book (schedule) their locations for the AT Periods for that week. If students do not have a specific academic need on a particular day and they have not been pre-booked by a teacher, they can sign up for one of the resource areas. It is important to note that Advisory is an integral part of AT as a credit bearing class (1/4 credit). Advisory will be where students develop their online Personal Learning Plans. Advisory will also serve the function of delivering announcements and other communications.
- AT: Each week, students will be booked into a variety of locations for AT periods during a Thursday-through-Tuesday cycle. However, holidays or inclement weather may reduce the number of AT days in the cycle. AT locations will most like change daily unless there is a legitimate academic reason for the student to book a day with their Academic Advisor. While at their AT location, students should be engaged in academic activity and teachers are expected to hold students accountable. Attendance for AT days is taken through the AT software.
- Booking: Students and their Academic Advisors will schedule locations for the AT cycle during Advisory. Academic Advisors will provide appropriate support to assist students in prioritizing their academic needs. Students should be aware that teacher requests (referred to as “pre-booking”) take priority.
- Pre-Booking: Teachers will be able to use the AT software to request particular students on particular days. This is called Pre-Booking. Teachers may pre-book students for mini-conferences, academic acceleration or support, or work time, as can guidance counselors for special meetings. The only way for a pre-booking appointment to be changed is through a conversation with the booking teacher.
- Schedule for the week: Students are responsible for knowing their AT schedule. After completing bookings for the week, students will be required to utilize a physical or electronic organizational tool to record where they will be going on AT days. The Academic Advisor must approve this recording method. The AT scheduler system will email students their schedule for the week.
AT Student Expectations
- Students are expected to attend and participate in the 42 minutes (starting at 10:53 AM) of Advisory or AT daily. Attendance and participation in Advisory and AT are the criteria that will be used to determine Pass or Fail status for AT. A passing grade is necessary to earn the .25 credit (per year) for this class that will appear on each student’s transcript.
- Students are expected to bring their iPads and any other relevant materials to AT.
- Students are expected to work with their Academic Advisor to make a schedule for the remaining days of the AT cycle.
- During Advisory, students are expected to review their current academic standing in PowerSchool in order to prioritize bookings for AT.
- Students are expected to respect the priority of pre-bookings for AT.
- If absent from Advisory, students are expected to connect with their Academic Advisor as soon as possible upon returning to school to review/update their AT Schedule (the Academic Advisor will complete a schedule for absent students).
- Students are expected to remain in their booked AT location after arriving. This also applies if the particular faculty member is out sick.
- Students are expected to meaningfully use AT time in support of their learning in their booked location each day.
- Students are expected to be in their booked AT location at the bell. Students who are found outside of their booked location during AT may be subject to disciplinary action by Administration.
- Students are expected to adhere to all school-wide behavioral expectations within the AT Period (this includes both Advisory and AT)
- Students are expected to be flexible during AT periods, understanding that there will likely be a wide variety of needs, requests, and questions for teachers.
- Time for student prevention groups
- Time for Honor Society meetings and mentorships
- Time for special interest groups to meet
- Time for band lessons
- Time for student council to meet
- Time for students to serve as class assistants
Sample Student Schedule
Student meets with Advisor to schedule the week.
Students develop Personal Learning Plans (PLPs)
Student chooses to meet with the Algebra 2 teacher to prepare for a quiz.
English: Student chooses to work on an essay due next week.
Student has a PEP meeting
Student chooses to have silent work time in the lab to get assignments done before the weekend.
What do our students say about AT?
- It's very helpful when I have a lot of work.
- I have been able to participate in clubs and activities that I otherwise would not be able to fit into my day, and also use it to make up missed work/ improve work.
- It is nice to have more time with a teacher.
- I really like it. It helps me in classes that I need help with.
- It is very, very helpful because you are able to discuss things you need to with your teachers and it isn't rushed.
- It helps me prepare and study.