Students: A Day @ Trevor

A Day in Grade 9
Trevor takes pride in its innovative program and ever-expanding and evolving curricular offerings. Almost on a daily basis, faculty and administrators are asked to reflect upon and to evaluate the curriculum for its consistency with our mission, its effectiveness, and its validity and meaning in our ever-evolving world. The wide range of offerings and opportunities available to Trevor students reflect the school’s commitment to educating each learner as a whole person and to celebrating the unique and diverse talents within each one. The result is a curriculum that both focuses on traditional academic subjects and identifies and enhances each student’s multiple talents. The following glimpse into a typical Trevor student’s day offers insight into the vitality and strength of our program.

A 9th grade schedule
A Day @ Trevor: A Ninth Grader's Perspective
8:20am - 8:30am
Period 0, Advisee Check-in:
Every morning ninth grade students meet with their advisors to kick off the day. We get together to hear important school announcements, and we check in to see how everyone is doing and what we all have planned for the day. The quick meeting is a good way for my advisor to see how things are going for me, and for me to catch up with a group of friends before we start our day. My advisor and I meet once a cycle to talk more about my life at school, but these daily meetings are a good way for us to stay in touch.
8:30am - 9:30am
Period 1, Geometry:
After my advisory meeting I head to Geometry class. Everyone in 9th grade takes Geometry, and the class is one of the experiences we all share in our first year of high school. Whether we’re working on proofs, or using Geometer’s Sketchpad, the class is a great way to not only to study principles in math, but also to improve our skills in logic and reasoning.
9:30am - 10:30am
Period 2, Photography:
Trevor is known for its great arts department, and the number of electives Trevor offers in its great academic program was one of the main reasons I chose to come to this school. This year I’m taking classes in Photography and Big Band. Each of my arts electives meets twice during the six-day cycle. It’s great that I can take two arts classes at a time, and that way I don’t have to choose between two courses that really interest me. My classes in the Arts Department are a great example of how much freedom Trevor students have to go beyond the core requirements and do as much as we can to pursue our passions. We have lots of time to create our own work, to perform, to study artists and to write journals throughout the year. The Arts Show at the end of the school year is a great all-school celebration of our work, and it’s cool to see student art displayed all over the school.
10:30am - 11:30am
Period 3, Discretionary:
At Trevor, we have a period or two each day when we are not scheduled in class. During these discretionary periods, students can to choose how they want to spend their time. We usually go to the High School Center, where we can meet with teachers, work on group projects, work on individual assignments, or just spend time talking to teachers and friends. The Center is always a busy place, and we know that when we’re there we can get a lot of work done. If I don’t go to the Center, I can always go to one of the arts studios to work on my pieces, or I can go to the library to read or study. No matter what I choose, it’s great to know that I can take responsibility for my time and do what I think is best for me.
11:30am - 12:30pm
Period 4, World History:
In our ninth grade history course, we study civilizations and cultures around the globe and gain a real understanding of how and why societies have developed as they have. Although we study almost fifteen hundred years of history, we don’t feel like we’re just learning about people and places that are so removed from our lives. Part of the fun of history is making connections with the past, and we spend a lot of time coming to understand other cultures as well as our own. We don’t just read from textbooks; we analyze primary sources and get a close understanding of the politics, economics, art, religion, literature, and philosophy of the past. We have great discussions in class, and it’s always fun to give presentations on our group projects and research.
12:30pm - 1:10pm
Period 5, Lunch:
Of course, everyone enjoys lunch, and I look forward to the break from my class schedule and the time to hang out with my friends. In high school, we have open campus during our lunch period, but most of us choose not to go out to buy lunch and eat in the cafeteria. The food is good and the menu changes every day, so there is always something for everyone. There’s always a hot entrée, a deli bar, a salad bar, soup, and frozen yogurt. My favorite meals are usually on Mondays and Fridays, when they serve pasta and pizza, but every day is a good day in the cafeteria.
1:10pm - 2:10pm
Period 6, English:
In English, not only do we learn how to express ourselves clearly in our writing, but we learn how important it is to be active listeners and participants in class discussion. We’re reading Things Fall Apart, and the book is a great complement to our World History course. We’re analyzing the conflicts between cultures and the effects they have on people, and we’re working hard to improve our writing skills. Working closely with my teacher, listening to my peers’ critiques of my work, and just reading great books really helps me to become a more effective writer.
2:10pm - 3:10pm
Period 7, Biology:
One of the unique aspects of Trevor’s curriculum is the coordinated science program. In ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade we take biology, chemistry, and physics simultaneously. In coordinated science, we are able to see the connections between the sciences and take advantage of learning about real world applications of the topics we study. A lot of our work in science is centered in the laboratory, and we gain real experience in scientific inquiry and problem-solving. I like how we cover one-third of a traditional science curriculum in each of the sciences over the course of the year, and I know that we’ll be able to study specific topics in detail.
Afterschool, Sports:
I’ve been playing soccer for a long time, and Trevor gives me a great chance to put my skills to use. Our varsity team either practices or has a game every day during the week, and I look forward to putting on my cleats and spending time every afternoon with my teammates and friends. We play in the Independent School Athletic League, and we typically have fifteen or sixteen games each season. I feel that playing soccer is a great way to represent Trevor and to build strong relationships with friends. On game days, it’s always cool to see Trevor students, teachers, and parents cheering us on from the sidelines.