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Which schools have Saturday classes - Pros/Cons

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Replies to: Which schools have Saturday classes - Pros/Cons

  • momof3swimmersmomof3swimmers Registered User Posts: 381 Member
    Exeter has about 6 per year. Some teachers choose not to use it. Its also only a half day.
  • alooknacalooknac Registered User Posts: 1,277 Senior Member
    Saturday classes contribute to kids staying on campus rather than going home for weekends.

    Nobody complained about it at D's school (short Wed & Sat every week, Sat was part of normal class rotation)

    I think it helps to have that extra structure when you have a whole bunch of teenagers on location.
  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 Registered User Posts: 1,026 Senior Member
    If you are a day student/parent it can be really inconvenient to have Saturday classes. My kiddo also did not like the idea of not having a weekend. Having Saturday and Sunday off is a mental break. Though it wasn't a deal breaker, it was a factor in the final consideration. Kids who do a lot of activities ( esp. sports) will find it difficult to balance having Saturday classes with high levels of achievement in all areas. Plus sleeping in 1 or 2 days is needed and good for teens. My kiddo looks forward to the weekend. That doesn't mean we aren't at school. It just means there are any things you HAVE to go to, only things you WANT to go to. Additionally, most of the schools with Sat classes are pretty strong academically so you never get a break.
  • Sue22Sue22 Registered User Posts: 5,738 Senior Member
    Most of the New England prep schools (can't speak for other areas of the country) have varsity games on Saturday so in any case by it's tough to plan weekends away. IIRC the schools with Saturday classes all have a late start day and/or a short day in the middle of the week.
  • CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 Registered User Posts: 542 Member
    Brooks School has a half day Wednesday and Saturday every week.
  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma Registered User Posts: 585 Member
    @happytimes2001, My kid was a day student for 9th and 10th and felt differently, so I think it is more about finding the fit that works.
    DS still looked forward to the weekend and loved being on campus on Saturdays and would have been there for sports and extracurriculars and hanging with friends even if there were no Sat classes. While the schedule is stressful at times, long weekend breaks seem to come exactly when they are needed. Sat classes, sports, etc were actually a factor for DS in choosing between being a (day) student at a boarding school and being a student at a day school.
    Like everything else, you need to carefully consider fit for yourself (or your child.)
  • Happytimes2001Happytimes2001 Registered User Posts: 1,026 Senior Member
    @carpoolingma Good points. Depends on the kid. One of my kiddos needs real downtime so Saturday classes were an issue. For the other, it doesn't really matter.
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    Just adding to the good insights shared above.....We have found that Saturday classes can be an issue for some students who are very invested and involved with club teams or “travel” teams. For some sports, this may be part of a recruitment goal....We did not realize this fully until we started the school search process. We know kids in soccer, lax, and hockey who have outside commitments on the weekends. Some schools have coaches that understand the travel/club team commitments. Some kids need to leave during their “travel” season. We also know students who are feeling “left out” and are missing out on campus bonding because they are away for travel or club sports teams. So check on this while you are selecting schools if your sport may be at that level, or if you need to go....also, we found that a couple of the single-sex BS’s with large day students basically become quiet and lonely without Saturday classes. So, if you are looking to attend a school far from home, you may want to determine how quiet the school becomes on the weekends. We found this to be the case with a couple of schools without Saturday classes.
  • dogsmama1997dogsmama1997 Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    If we were told during the interview and discussion with the school's coach, team captains that skipping Saturday classes was generally not a problem for club sports (as long as student is a well organized kid) should I take them at their word or delve deeper?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 39,429 Super Moderator
    edited November 2018
    Delve deeper. The team captains are obviously students. From experience, students can find loopholes in the rules, but that does not mean the kid won;t get dinged if caught. Trust,but verify.:)
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    Agree with @skieurope to “delve deeper”....already hearing from kids on Fall sports teams and winter (hockey) that tit was frowned upon (even with parent letters and permission) to ditch Saturday classes for a tournament or showcase. I really think you and your parents need to be up front and honest about your concerns for participating in a club or travel team while balancing your academic commitments.
  • CTMom21CTMom21 Registered User Posts: 296 Junior Member
    Yes, delve deeper — at DS’s school, where there’s a heavy athletic component and many. Many kids play outside sports, you just can’t miss classes for outside events, that is, without receiving demerits, I unexcused absences, and therefore potentially not being allowed to make up missed work, tests or quizzes. I would guess there are exceptions, but the rules are clear that you can’t leave campus before school obligations are fulfilled. Keep in mind, though, that (at least for the sports DS plays), many of the off-season sport tournaments and recruiting events are on Sundays, so depending on the logistics it can be made to work.
  • dogsmama1997dogsmama1997 Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    Thanks, all. My daughter is in communication with kids at the schools she's applying to who also play the same club sport. For her team she will have to take at least half/one third of the Saturday classes off in the spring with some possible winter sport conflicts. There are two kids at each school who currently play at the same club or on the same level so I am hoping that it is actually possible. Mine is a very organized and the message we have gotten is that it works for kids like that.

    I am actually more worried about a conflict between winter club practices and a varsity winter school sport. I realize she could just play a throw away sport in the winter but that would make her sad. That conflict is one I need to get more of a handle on from the club team. Good things to think about!
  • Golfgr8Golfgr8 Registered User Posts: 744 Member
    @dogsmama1997 .....although your DD “is in communication with kids at the schools she’s applying to who also play the club sport”, please discuss with the coaches at the school. We have seen kids have some issues with taking time off from Saturday class, leaving on closed weekends, flying to showcases, and leaving campus for club or travel teams....we received different opinions and learned different school policies depending on the BS.
  • dogsmama1997dogsmama1997 Registered User Posts: 230 Junior Member
    Thanks @Golfgr8, the coaches all said it wasn't a problem "as long as she was organized" that's why we asked to speak to kids who have the same commitments she would have. But I hear you, we will check and double check before any final decision is made.
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