A UAGC Student’s Experience
UAGC’s program operates on a rotating block schedule.
A student will not have the same classes in the same order two days in a row.
A student’s schedule is broken up into rotating block periods that each last 70 minutes.
A sample 9th grade student’s schedule:
Each 70-minute block period is broken up into Learning Formats.
A block/ period might look like this (for all subject areas):
Our classrooms are heterogeneously mixed.
ALmost all of our classes have a mix of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders.
This mixing of grade levels in our classrooms ensures that students who are new to our instructional model (like 9th graders) can rely upon the expertise of the upperclassmen.
Almost all of our classes have a mix of students with individualized education plans (IEPs) and english language learners (ENLS).
The real world is right around the corner for our students, and in the real world, people are expected to know how to move through society and exchange ideas productively with people who are not like they are.
Our classrooms mirror the real world.
format focus: learning conferences & Shares
“The shares made me comfortable speaking in front of people I don’t know.” - Ronaldo L., Class of 2019
“I enjoy conferencing because it benefits me and also I get to be proud of what I learned and be able to share it with everyone. It helps me also be independent knowing this is what I need to do and this is how I need to resolve breaches [my own questions] later on without a teacher’s help.” - Anonymous member of the Class of 2020
“I learned a lot with learning conferences they really help you a lot. One time I had a learning conference with my math teacher weeks before I had to take the algebra regent and some of the stuff we were talking showed up on the exam and that helped me passed.” - Emely O., Class of 2019
format focus: Unison Reading
“At first UR was a lot to take in because I didn’t know anyone and I don’t feel comfortable talking let along reading out loud with people I didn’t know! Plus, everyone reads at different pace [so it] was hard [to Unison Read]….” - Anonymous member of the Class of 2020
“What I like about Unison Reading is that you get to receive perspectives on various topics from different people.” - Anonymous member of the Class of 2020