Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage High Schools Moving to Modified Block Schedule

At the January 23 Board of Trustees meeting, GCISD Trustees approved adjusting the high school bell schedule from a traditional block schedule to a modified block. 

In 2014-2015, Trustees reinstated the alternating block schedule, which increased the number of courses a student could take from seven to eight; however, there were still students who were only able to enroll in seven courses because one was double blocked.

“Our campus administrators are always looking for ways to improve the educational experience for all students,” said Conrad Streeter, Executive Director of Instructional Leadership. “This new modified block schedule will allow our students to enroll in one additional course, while also helping campus administrators reduce class size and have flexibility when developing the master schedule.”

Administrators for both high schools spent the past several months examining the current bell schedule to determine what improvements could be made. After a proposal was developed, administrators met with parent groups, staff members and student representatives from both campuses. Additionally each campus hosted a feedback session in January to hear directly from parents and students. Once gathering feedback, the item was presented to the Board for the next step in the approval process.

Under the new schedule, first and eighth period will meet for one hour every day and second through seventh period will meet an hour and a half every other day. Please review the side-by-side comparison below for more detail:
Current Bell Schedule   Proposed Modified Block Schedule
A Day   B Day   A Day   B Day
1st Period   5th Period   1st Period
8:40 - 10:15   8:40 - 9:40
2nd Period   6th Period   2nd Period   5th Period
10:23 - 11:58   9:45 - 11:15
3rd Period   7th Period   3rd Period   6th Period
12:06 - 2:12   11:20 - 1:20
12:06 - 12:36   A Lunch   11:20 - 11:50   A Lunch
12:38 - 1:08   B Lunch   11:50 - 12:20   B Lunch
1:10 - 1:40   C Lunch   12:20 - 12:50   C Lunch
1:42 - 2:12   D Lunch   12:50 - 1:20   D Lunch
4th Period   8th Period   4th Period   7th Period
2:20 - 3:55   1:25 - 2:55
        8th Period
        3:00 - 4:00