ERIC Number: ED370231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Year-Round Schools: The Star of the Sea Model.
Piper, Paul S.
Educational Innovations in the Pacific, v1 n1 May 1994
Star of the Sea School, located in the Wai'alae-kahala area of Honolulu, implemented year-round schooling (YRS) in 1991. This publication describes the history of YRS, the status of YRS in the Pacific region, and outcomes of the Star of the Sea's program. The private Catholic K-8 school adheres to a 45-10 plan, which includes 180 regular school days and 6 weeks in the summer available for summer school or a longer vacation period. Since implementation, the school has gained over 100 new students, engaged a high level of community support, created a space during intersessions for unique classes, raised money with intersession classes, and created a higher level of school spirit. Supporters of the plan say that students retain material better and cover more material; teachers and students experience less fatigue (because of the frequent breaks); and students gain practice in social interaction. Disadvantages are that the plan creates scheduling problems for parents who have children in other schools and adhere to traditional summer plans and for teachers who want to take summer university courses. The school minimizes these problems by being open 11 hours a day, even during intersession, and allowing teachers time off. The overall parental response to the plan has been positive. (LMI)
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Elementary Education, Extended School Day, Extended School Year, Flexible Scheduling, School Schedules, Vacation Programs, Year Round Schools
Pacific Region Educational Laboratory, 828 Fort Street Mall, Suite 500, Honolulu, HI 96813.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Region Educational Lab., Honolulu, HI.