At Camden County High School Freshman Academy we are currently running a 4x4 block schedule. However, we are interested in having one pilot interdisciplinary team next year. We would like to serve 150 students on a year long block schedule using a 6 man team of teachers. We are envisioning the students being able to take 2 elective courses each semester; but the academic courses will be taught by the same core content teachers.
Have any of you implemented a schedule similar to this? If so, do you have any suggestions as to how this can be successful and any obstacles against which we can guard? Also, can you share the impact (both negative and/or positive) that this type of schedule has on student performance? If you have any literature or your own schools’ student achievement rates that would be very helpful. I look forward to reading your suggestions. Thank you.