The Module System, also known as the Mod Plan, has been the cornerstone of our distinctive academic approach since 1973. The Mod Plan is innovative and offers students the opportunity to take an active part in shaping their educational experience. We’re willing to bet that you’ve never seen or experienced something like our mod system before.
Our academic year is divided up into seven modules (mods, for short), each lasting about five weeks. During each mod, students take three blocks of academic classes that meet every day for 75 to 90 minutes. These classes take place during A, B, and C-blocks. Courses in the arts are scheduled along with traditional academic subjects and carry equal weight, challenge and high expectations. Students are also required to take a fourth block, known as D-block, during which they take part in athletics, community service projects, performing arts, and an array of other electives. Many courses are offered as single blocks throughout the year, allowing for incredible depth into a specific theme or subject area. Subjects that call for sequential, cumulative learning, such as math or languages, are taught in blocks that span consecutive mods.
It works because the Mod Plan is versatile. With more than 300 courses to choose from, students have countless ways to structure their studies to suit their interests, while taking the foundational courses necessary to prepare for college and beyond. It works because it means taking fewer classes at a time, for longer time periods a day, allowing students to delve deeply into their material through experiential learning (laboratories, collaborative projects, field trips and off-campus study). The daily schedule is carefully crafted so that students have time for classes, assemblies, meetings with advisors, extra help, or clubs and activities—as well as some breathing time to recharge and relax.