A modified block scheduling model, called College Prep Scheduling, is employed at Nazareth Academy High School. Most courses are held for 80 minutes (full block), but a few courses are 40 minutes (half block) in length. The longer class period allows for more laboratory work in Science classes, more creative production in Art classes, more debate in Social Studies classes, more writing and discussion in English, etc.
Because of the College Prep Scheduling the school year at Nazareth mirrors to a great extent the academic year at a college with classes running by semester rather than for the whole year. This has proven to prepare our students well for college study. It will be easier for students to complete the scheduling process by focusing on required elective and alternate credits that they will be taking rather than the number of courses.
College prep courses present a challenging and rigorous curriculum focused on preparing our students for the next phase of their education. Students in these courses develop skills such as analyzation, classification and interpretation of data, as well as verbal reasoning, critical thinking and writing. Students will be responsible for participating in class and completing all assigned work by required deadlines.