2022-23 Block Schedule FAQs

RISD is returning to an AB block schedule at high schools for the 2022-23 school year. RISD operated a modified AB block schedule in 2020-21 and changed to an ABC block schedule for the current 2021-22 school year.
RISD high schools will use an AB block schedule for the 2022-23 school year. Students will attend four classes a day for 90 minutes each plus a 30 minute advisory class time.

On “A” days, students will attend periods 1, 3, 5 and 7. On “B” days students will attend periods 2, 4, 6 and 8.

The schedule will rotate each school day – for example, if Monday is an A day, Tuesday would be a B day, and so on, with the following week then beginning with a B day. As always, the schedules on some days might be modified to accommodate testing, early release, pep rallies or similar schoolwide events.

In the current 2021-22 school year, RISD secondary schools are operating on an ABC block schedule. Students attend periods 1 and 8 every day for 45 minutes, and then rotate to an AB schedule of 90 minutes classes. On A days, students attend periods 3, 5, and 7. On B days students attend periods 2, 4, and 6. Every Friday is a “C” day where students attend all classes for 45 minutes. Under the current 2021-22 ABC block schedule, Advisory is a separate 90 minute class period.

One important difference between next year’s AB block schedule and the current ABC block schedule is that the first day of each week under the current ABC schedule is always an A day, while next year, the first day of each week can be either an A or a B day, depending on the calendar.

Each school day on the 2022-23 student academic calendar will be designated as an A or a B day, so parents, students and staff will always be able to easily see whether a day is A or B.
In the 2022-23 school year, all students 9-12 will be assigned an advisory time of 30 minutes each day. Advisory time is when students have a chance to engage in academic interventions (such as tutoring), enrichment activities, and receive school or district information, such as daily school announcements, and/or prevention/awareness lessons on topics like suicide, substance abuse, and responsible online behavior. In the current 2021-22 school year under the ABC schedule, Advisory is a separate 90 minute (or 50 at BHS) class period.
Classes that are double blocked meet every day, or in some cases, multiple periods on the same day. Double blocked classes are part of the current 2021-22 ABC schedule and will be part of next year’s 2022-23 AB schedule. Double block classes can include all athletics, and certain fine arts and Career Technical Education (CTE) classes.

For example, that means a student in a double blocked class may have that class for period 1 on A days and the same class for period 2 on B days.
Students returning to RISD for the 2022-23 school year have already submitted their course selections to their counselor. However, students who did not select a double blocked class for 2022-23, such as athletics,or certain fine arts or CTE courses, will be able to add an additional course to their 2022-23 schedule.

Counselors at each high school have sent 2022-23 course verification letters, requesting an additional course selection from students. Students who have already signed up for a course that is double blocked will not need an additional course.

In January, RISD surveyed staff, students, and parents about the current 2021-22 ABC block schedule. As a result of the survey and keeping a focus on academics, RISD made the decision to shift to an AB Block schedule for 2022-23. The following is some of the results from the data.

  • Survey Data highlighted the desire for students and staff to have consistency with 90 min classes.
  • A majority of teachers and students did not prefer a C Day.
  • A majority of teachers and students felt 90 minutes was too long for advisory time.
  • Students felt more in-depth learning occurred in 90 minute blocks, along with additional time for differentiated support.

Students are able to complete more work within a 90 minute class block and therefore require less time later at night to complete homework. From a budgeting and resource standpoint, RISD feels an AB block model is sustainable as a district standard into future years. The RISD Teaching and Learning Division continues to adjust district instructional resources and lessons to reflect the consistency of the 90 minute classes. In addition, this model will allow all four RISD high schools to share a common bell schedule for the first time.

Berkner students will still be able to earn 8 credits yearly; however, students enrolled in double blocked courses will earn 7 credits yearly.

For the past few years, all Berkner students had the opportunity to earn 8 credits per year.  Each 9th and 10th grader is required to take AVID University. Students in this course study and prepare for college entrance exams from TSIA as freshman to SAT and ACT as sophomores. This course counts for a full credit yearly. The course prepares the students to enroll in advanced courses such as Dual Credit, OnRamps, and AP.

Students in 11th and 12th grade are not required to take AVID, but can choose to continue into AVID if they wish or they may take an additional elective course. These options will continue moving forward. Rising juniors and seniors will still have the opportunity to take an additional elective course.

In the event that a rising 9th or 10th grader enrolls in a double blocked course, they will be allowed to drop University 9/University 10. This will be done on a case by case basis and students should consult with their counselor.

Grade Point Average (GPA) is the cumulative average of all state credits attempted by students each year. GPA is dependent upon the grades made each semester in each course along with any additional quality points assigned to the course for advanced levels such as AP, Dual Credit, OnRamps (all 10 points added per semester for passing grades) or Advanced courses (5 points added per semester for passing grades). The GPA is calculated by dividing the number of courses attempted per semester (generally 7 or 8 depending upon double blocked courses) by the total number of points earned from all courses attempted plus any quality points.

Questions about GPA can be directed to the high school counselor.