The educational landscape is an ever-changing one — just ask any teacher. Yearly initiatives are introduced at the national, state, and local levels with the aim of better accommodating the changing needs of the American student body. Surprisingly, the public school year schedule — 170 to 180 days per year, five days per week, six-and-a-half hours per day with a long break in the summer — remains the one aspect of the education system that hasn’t changed since the 1960s.

What’s more, a day structured around a bell schedule, in which students move from subject to subject after short blocks of time, has existed since the Industrial Revolution.

The antiquated structure of the high school schedule hasn’t kept up with what we know about how students function and learn best.

Consider these four ways to make the school day more functional for you:

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