New Start and End Times for Grades K-8 in 2018-19

New Start and End Times for Grades K-8 in 2018-19
Posted on 05/09/2018
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As announced earlier this year, several new initiatives will be implemented in August 2018, including: all-day kindergarten without a lottery system, daily specials for our K-6 students and 1:1 devices for our junior high school students. Click here to access the FAQ about next year’s changes.

Another change will complement these positive shifts for our preschool through junior high school students. Effective next school year, we are extending the school day for our preschool through sixth grade students by 20 minutes. At Lakota’s junior high schools, students will be in session 15 additional minutes each day. The new start and end times will be as follows:


9:10 - 11:55 a.m. (Morning session)

1:15 - 4:00 p.m. (Afternoon session)

½ Day Kindergarten

9:10 - 11:55 a.m.

Early Childhood Schools (All-Day K-2)

9:10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Elementary Schools (3-6)

8:20 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Junior High Schools (7-8)

7:25 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Freshman Campuses (9)

7:15 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. (no change)

High Schools (10-12)

8:05 a.m. - 2:40 p.m. (no change)

At this time, we anticipate offering half day kindergarten as a morning session. More information about the half-day option will be communicated to parents in the near future.

The additional time at the early childhood and elementary schools will help accommodate daily specials without taking time away from core subjects. It allows us to build out our specials offerings with a six-day rotation of music, art, physical education, technology, STEAM and health/wellness.

At our junior high schools, the additional 15 minutes each day allows us to enhance the current advisory class experience and provide more choice in the student day. Through advisory, we will continue to personalize the learning experience, bridging the opportunity gap to give more time for intervention and student choice.

The times for our freshman campuses and high schools will remain the same for the 2018-19 school year. While the new initiatives beginning in the fall focus on grades K-8, we have already begun assessing possible improvements to the high school experience for our students. This process includes listening to student voice and surveying our graduating seniors for feedback about what works and what needs to be improved.