Many schools and districts are tweaking the traditional school day model in an effort to make it more efficient.
For example, Legacy High School in Bismarck, North Dakota, uses personalized scheduling, which breaks down the school day into 22 20-minute blocks. Teachers arrange these blocks by selecting 80-, 40 or 60-minute periods for various subjects. Eighty-minute blocks allow for more one-on-one teaching, but not all subjects need that amount of time. Students’ schedules vary daily, with breaks that allow for independent studying or working out in the gym.