Reopening Hopkins
 

Academics

Hopkins has a longstanding commitment to develop our young students into lifelong learners who can think critically for themselves and make positive contributions to their communities. Central to this mission is our ability to create deeper learning and content mastery through human interaction. With health and safety at the forefront, our Hybrid Learning Model allows Hopkins to honor our mission and continue delivering the same outstanding education to all students.


Overview of Hybrid Learning Model

Each grade has been split into two groups (Maroon and Grey) to reduce person-to-person contact to the greatest extent possible. These two groups alternate their time on campus weekly: during one week, Maroon Group is on campus with faculty and staff, while Grey Group learns synchronously from home. During the next week, Grey Group is on campus, while Maroon Group learns from home. This weekly rotation will continue until a pivot to one of the other two models is appropriate. Click here to view the rotation schedule.

In organizing the Maroon and Grey rosters, we have kept adviser groups together to provide students with a consistent “home base” during the weeks they are on campus. We are pleased with how this plan enables us to enhance community, reestablish connections and advance our teaching and learning, while adhering to safety protocols.
 

Technology in Teaching and Learning

To support this learning model, we significantly upgraded our technology infrastructure, which included the installation of high-definition 360° video cameras equipped with eight microphones and speakers in each classroom. These devices provide students at home with the sights and sounds of the classroom, and allow them to actively participate with their peers via Zoom.

To facilitate remote learning, we require that all students have either a Chromebook, Mac laptop, or Windows/PC laptop with webcam, and the free Chrome browser installed. We strongly recommend a Mac or Windows/PC over a Chromebook, especially in case of the need to move to a fully virtual school day.
 

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule has been altered to increase passing times between periods and to account for additional cleaning time after each lunch wave. This modified schedule allows us to create more advising time and more consistent programs focusing on wellness and community. Each class meets for 55 minutes three times a week, including a full instructional day on Wednesdays. The school day still begins at 8 AM with dismissal at 3:30 PM, except for Wednesdays which ends at 2:30 PM. Click here to view the weekly/daily schedule.

This is our schedule whether we are in hybrid mode, fully live, or fully virtual for a limited time. If we have to operate in the fully virtual model for an extended period, we would reevaluate this schedule accordingly.
 

Homework Policy

Junior School (Grades 7 & 8): Students expect up to 30 minutes of homework per class meeting in all subjects except English, for which they expect up to 45 minutes of homework per class meeting.

Middle and Senior Schools (Grades 9 - 12): Students expect up to 45 minutes of homework per class meeting in all subjects except English, for which they expect up to 60 minutes of homework per class meeting.

Advanced Placement (AP) Classes: Students expect up to 60 minutes of homework per class meeting prior to the AP exam. Once the AP exam has been administered, students expect up to 45 minutes of homework per class meeting.
 

Performing Arts 

Our Arts faculty offers as full and complete a program as possible using innovative technology and creative flexibility. With the creation of the website hopkinsarts.com, the Arts faculty have been able to augment their program with virtual galleries and performances, and provide insight into our program at a granular level. Our Arts Department faculty use this platform as well as course-specific take-home kits and accessible technology to provide engaging lessons and experiences while we operate in the hybrid model.