Seaside Class Days
Regular Class Day Times
All Class Days begin promptly at 9:30 and end at 1:30.
Students should plan to arrive in the building between 9:10 and 9:20.
Before-School Spanish/French Class Times (optional)
For Bradford students, an optional Spanish and French class is offered beginning at 9:00 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays. To attend this class, students should plan to arrive in the building between 8:40 and 8:50.
Student Break Times and Mealtimes
Students are served a substantial snack at Tea Time consisting of rice crackers, cheddar cheese, tea, and a rotating fruit selection, all provided by the School.
After classes end, students typically gather at the playground for a picnic lunch until about 2:30. If you would like to pick up your child after playground/lunchtime, prior arrangements must be made with a member of the Founders Committee.
The Schedule for At-Home Days is extremely flexible. Seaside will provide you with all of the books, materials, and assignments you need to complete a school day at home, Charlotte Mason style. Of the assignments you receive, some Topics are cumulative in nature and require the home assignments to be completed lest the student fall behind. Other Topics’ assignments may be substituted with something you prefer or postponed to a more convenient time. You have the flexibility to lengthen or shorten the time of your school day, so long as the cumulative Topic assignments are completed.
Younger students have fewer assignments, but cannot do many of them independently. Older students have far more assignments, but are capable of completing the majority of them independently. All of your students can do some Topics together, regardless of age. Older students can read some assignments to younger students. Some readings can be done before bedtime. There are many ways to blend a natural style of learning into the natural flow of your family. Please do not re-create a “school at home.”
Start with a Morning Meeting. Sing together. Do a read-aloud. Have a prayer time. Practice recitations together. Then send the older students off to begin working independently while you spend some one-on-one time with the youngest first. Work your way up to the oldest, whose school day will be the longest.
In terms of assignments, Form IB students will be given 2.5 hours of assignments on At-Home Days. Of that, 1 hour is required for cumulative Topics. The remainder is flexible and may be substituted or postponed. Form IB students will be able to do about 20% of their work independently.
Form IA students will be given 3 hours of assignments on At-Home Days. Of that, 1.5 hours is required for cumulative Topics. The remainder is flexible and may be substituted or postponed. Form IA students will be able to do about 40-60% of their work independently.
Form II students will be given 4 hours of assignments on At-Home Days. Of that, about 3.5 hours is required for cumulative Topics. Form II students will be able to do about 70-80% of their work independently.
We have some suggested schedules you can use at home, but you will find the best fit for your family, naturally, after about four or five weeks.