The Mod Schedule
Epochs of transition must keep us on the alert. They ask us to keep our eyes open upon the distant horizons, our minds listening to seize every indication that can enlighten us; reading, reflection, searching, must never stop; the mind must keep flexible in order to lose nothing...so let us not rest on our beautiful past.
- Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ, 1914
The Upper School schedule – and all of our programming at Forest Ridge – is centered on how girls learn best.
As a school committed to the reimagination of education, ensuring that our students are prepared to lead lives of purpose in a rapidly changing world, we strive to continually evolve by asking the deeper questions, discerning what is best for how girls learn, and then making it a reality.
In the Upper School, students take 3.5 classes at a time, which gives students more time for deep, ambitious learning; better opportunity to retain what they’ve learned; and tangible ways to transfer the critical skills they’re developing.
With fewer, yet longer, classes, breaks between periods, and time to explore interests and passions, Forest Ridge’s mod schedule allows girls to flourish both in and out of the classroom to cultivate their purpose in a holistic and intentional way. Our rigorous academic program, paired with the upper school mod schedule, fosters the intellectual curiosity and personal growth in each student, without sacrificing student social-emotional wellbeing.
The Mod Schedule Across the Academic Year
The upper school academic year is divided into six mods, each lasting approximately 6 weeks. Our innovative schedule gives girls time for hands-on, interdisciplinary learning and experimental labs, active engagement, collaboration, and problem-solving.
A Week-At-A-Glance | Fewer Classes Foster Deeper Learning
During each 6-week mod, students take only 3.5 classes. Each class meets daily, with three 90-minute classes and one 45-minute class each day. With fewer daily classes, students are able to delve into their subjects and focus on depth over breadth, while having the time and space to cultivate their own interests and desires and share them with their community.
The Daily Mod Schedule
The daily upper school student schedule is intentional and purposeful, with time each day for rigorous, deep learning and breaks between each class for students to get whatever they need – whether that's time to study or to build meaningful connections with teachers and peers. Focusing on fewer subjects each day allows students to more fully grapple with the material and enhance their skills while encouraging a more balanced lifestyle – with the space to pursue their passions and interests.
The Mod Schedule in Action
The mod schedule allows our students to have flexibility and agency over their course of studies, giving them the opportunity to take into account things like their extracurricular activities during a particular mod, as well as their personal interests. Below you will find sample yearly overview and weekly schedules by grade level. These are meant to provide insight into what a student may take, but is not a comprehensive reflection of course offerings.
Yearly Overview Example Schedule by Grade
Weekly Schedule Example by Grade
- What is the mod schedule?
- Why has Forest Ridge selected the mod schedule?
- How much instructional time will my student have with her teachers in the mod schedule?
- How will the mod schedule enhance curriculum?
- How does the mod schedule affect knowledge retention?
- What can students expect regarding homework load?
- How will the new schedule impact our ability to continue important Sacred Heart and school traditions like service-learning days, Cor Unum Days, Conge, etc.?
- How does the mod schedule impact graduation requirements?
- How will colleges view the mod schedule?
- Do other independent schools use the mod system?
- How will I understand my student's progress in the mod schedule?
- Will the mod schedule impact athletics and other co-curricular programming?
- Why have you made the decision to implement the mod schedule in our upper school and not in our middle school at this time?
- Who should I reach out to with questions about the mod schedule in the Upper School?