Saint John Vianney High School is proud to provide a Catholic high school education as well as a variety of extracurricular activities in a challenging but supportive environment. All of our students are required to carry a full course load and acquire 150 credits, as well as complete our summer reading program, to qualify for graduation. At Saint John Vianney High School, we utilize block scheduling as our class format.
What is Block Scheduling?
Traditional middle and high school scheduling places students in six or seven daily classes, with each class lasting 40-50 minutes. In contrast, block scheduling enrolls students in only four classes per semester. However, each class is 77 minutes long and meets every day for 90 days. With this format, classes that would usually take students one year to complete can be finished in just one semester.
What are the Benefits of Block Scheduling?
Block scheduling benefits both students and teachers. With block scheduling, teachers have a more manageable schedule and therefore more flexibility and control. With fewer classes per day, teachers spend less time on administrative work such as taking roll and reporting absences. Since teachers have fewer preparations to make with block scheduling, they gain more planning time and can be more effective teachers. With a longer class period, teachers also have the ability to explore more types of teaching methods and take advantage of both small group and whole class discussions within the same class period. The block schedule still leaves teachers enough time to work with students on an individual basis during lunch and activity periods.
Students benefit from block scheduling because they can take four courses per semester for a total of eight courses per year, as opposed to traditional scheduling where they can only complete six classes per year. They may also have more time to complete Advanced Placement courses for college credit or enroll in our Early College Academy, which allows them to simultaneously earn their high school diploma and an Associate of Arts degree from Brookdale Community College. Saint John Vianney is proud to be the only Catholic high school in New Jersey that offers a college credit partnership with a public college. Block scheduling is also similar to the type of course schedule that students will experience in college, thus better preparing them for higher education.
At Saint John Vianney High School, our curriculum focuses on encouraging individual student growth through academic, social, physical, emotional, and spiritual development. Our value-centered environment is built on the pillars of Catholic philosophy, creating a challenging academic culture with a family atmosphere.