A Typical Day
The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and ends 3:05 (1:45 on Wednesdays). As Connections is project-based, a wide assortment of activities can make up a typical day and no day is exactly like the next. Sample activities include hands on labs and reading based lessons in science, social studies and history simulations, targeted writing instruction for the class newspaper, differentiated math groups (after a unit pretest, students place themselves in groups that match their abilities), as well as community service projects, art and science exhibits, field trips, and class meetings.
Sixth grade Connections students have math, science, language arts, and social studies classes within the Connections Program. Other classes, PE and “wheel” electives, are taken with the entire school body. The sixth-grade students have the opportunity to participate in a four-day science camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Both the science teacher and social studies Connections teachers accompany the students.
Seventh and Eighth Grade
Seventh and Eighth grade Connections students take language arts and social studies classes within the Connections program. Math, science, PE and electives are taken with the entire school body..