Reimagining School Parameters
As we move forward on our path toward Vision 2031, we will activate bold change to what school should be for all Hopkins scholars.
At Hopkins Public Schools, we have a long history of innovation, excellence and above all, doing what is right for our students. This past year, COVID-19 and the global pandemic of racial injustice put all education systems in the United States to the test, but at Hopkins we turned our challenges into opportunities to make things better for our students.
Under the guidance of a diverse steering committee, we have reviewed key aspects of our district delivery model. The steering committee conducted research, identified potential change options and collected our community’s input on system-wide issues. Our goal was to substantially increase student learning through a set of fiscally responsible, strategic adjustments to how we organize our schools.
Listed below is how we will move forward on four topics: School Start Time, Year Round School, Non-Traditional Spaces and Places, Grade Configuration.
Recommendations Approved by School Board
Starting next school year (2022-23) Hopkins will adjust school start times such that elementary schools start earlier and secondary schools start later. There are operational details that need to be determined with this recommendation. More information will be available soon.
Starting in the 2023-24 school year, we will transition 6th-graders to the junior high buildings (creating a middle school model), and 9th graders to our high school.
We will continue to explore and visit year-round school (45/15 day) models across the U.S. We may pilot one year-round elementary school concept in the school year 2023-24. While we are interested in the idea of year-round school, more research needs to be done before we are confident in recommending a pilot site.
Explore creation of whole-school elementary outdoor immersion program for possible pilot in school year 2023-24.
Continue offering an online academy (VirtualEDU) to interested students, both resident and out-of-district.
Identify high school courses that should be permanently offered in hybrid or online format.
Additional Research and Information
Under the guidance of a diverse steering committee, we reviewed key aspects of our district delivery model. The steering committee conducted the necessary research, identified potential change options and collected our community’s input on these system-wide issues. Our hope is that we can substantially increase student learning through a set of low cost, strategic adjustments to how we organize our schools.