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Which schools have Saturday classes - Pros/Cons

MtnTrailXMtnTrailX Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
(I did an advanced search but couldn't find any recent threads on this).

We are wondering which schools still have Saturday classes.

i) Are they hated/liked by students? Did any families not choose a school because of the existence of Saturday classes?

ii) Do Saturday classes impede some varsity sports when it is an away competition?

iii) I believe some schools have them every week, and others every other week. Are they one class, or several? Start time? Any details would be appreciated.

I believe Groton is every week.

Middlesex - yes, but how often?

Hotchkiss - every week?




None (Choate, Deerfield, MIlton).

Thank you.


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

  • Momto4kidsMomto4kids Registered User Posts: 316 Member
    I can't answer for any school other than Groton where my son attends.
    As far as liking it, I'm not sure. I think that after four years of it it kind of becomes second nature. That being said it isn't a full day of classes and they also have a short day of classes on Wednesdays so it kind of evens out. As far as athletics, they have games on Wednesdays and Saturdays which are their short days. Most games even if away are held in the afternoon and there's plenty of time for them to arrive. I wouldn't think it should be a make or break issue for anyone looking at schools.
  • Sue22Sue22 Registered User Posts: 5,739 Senior Member
    Try this. It should link to a Boarding School Review list of schools with Saturday classes. If the link doesn't work just do an advanced search.


    One of my kids went to a school with Saturday classes. Having the short day on Wednesday helps to take a little of the mid-week pressure off. It doesn't seem to interfere with Saturday games.

    Boarding students are on campus for the weekend anyway, but if I had a day student I might not want them at a school with Saturday classes. Getting up early to get my kid to school during the week is brutal enough without adding Saturday to the mix.
  • MtnTrailXMtnTrailX Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    @sue22 @Momto4kids Thank you for the info. Is it only schools with Saturday classes that have short Wednesdays, or do most/all of these schools have short Wednesdays regardless of Saturday classes?
  • TemperantiaTemperantia Registered User Posts: 191 Junior Member
    Kent is every Saturday. Hotchkiss roughly every other weekend. Since games are on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, classes on those days are 1/2 days even if a school does not have any Saturday classes. So, yes, most/all have short Wednesday classes regardless. Best to check any school of interest's website for specifics.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 39,449 Super Moderator
    edited April 2018
    Is it only schools with Saturday classes that have short Wednesdays, or do most/all of these schools have short Wednesdays regardless of Saturday classes?
    Most, if not all, have short Wednesdays, in part to accommodate interscholastic games. To add to your list, Andover does not have Saturday classes.
  • PublisherPublisher Registered User Posts: 5,383 Senior Member
    St. Paul's School has Saturday classes every week.
  • Ravenclaw3Ravenclaw3 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    Exeter occasionally has Saturday classes, but not regularly.
  • missinghome21missinghome21 Registered User Posts: 137 Junior Member
    Lawrenceville has Saturday classes as well, in addition to Wednesday half day classes.
  • carpoolingmacarpoolingma Registered User Posts: 585 Member
    Peddie has Saturday casses and the shorter Wednesday.
    @Sue22 For day students, I think it is socially helpful to be on campus with the boarders on Saturdays for classes, athletics and then to stay for Sat night activities. I think the Saturday classes help day studens and boarding students integrate faster.
  • gobigblue21gobigblue21 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    Andover has no Saturday classes
  • buuzn03buuzn03 Registered User Posts: 1,352 Senior Member
    SMS has Saturday class but they are electives of the students choice and are only for pass/fail (effort) grade that does not go on the transcript.
  • MtnTrailXMtnTrailX Registered User Posts: 39 Junior Member
    @buuzn03 That's a good idea by SMS.
  • buuzn03buuzn03 Registered User Posts: 1,352 Senior Member
    @MtnTrailX Some of DSs favorite classes were his Saturday classes!
  • CTMom21CTMom21 Registered User Posts: 296 Junior Member
    Salisbury has Saturday classes every Saturday (whatever classes they don't have on Wednesday). DS doesn't mind it, and typically the classes start later than on other days. It's good for him -- I think he likes being in his normal routine on game days.
  • altabluealtablue Registered User Posts: 224 Junior Member
    It probably is similar to the french education system, Wed and Sat both half days rather than full day Wednesday and n classes on Saturday.
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