The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band (along with Choir Classes and a few companion classes) meet on a slightly different schedule. During First Block, the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band meet on alternating days. The first day of school is called an "A-day"and the second is called a "B-day." From then on to the last day of school in June, these two classes meet every other day. They meet for 90 days by the end of the year, and only 45 at the mid-year mark in December.
The entire school operates on what is called the "4 X 4" schedule (except for Band & Choir Classes, and a few companion classes of course). That means every student takes only four classes every day for half of the school year (90 days). At the end of 90 days (December), students take final exams and after the Holiday break, they return to four new classes for the second half of the year (90 more days). In June, students take final exams for those four classes and the school year is over. Therefore, students have completed 8 classes in one school year: four in the fall and four in the spring.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF THE A/B SCHEDULE?
There are many but the primary advantage is continuous music making which is the key to being a successful musician. Imagine taking band from only August to December one school year and then not having any band until the following August. How well do you think you would sound after not having band from December to August?!?! To be more successful, you need to be in band class for the entire school year.
Question: if I take a band class on the "A / B" schedule, do all of my classes work that way? The answer is NO. The "A/B' schedule only operates during First Block and only for band classes and a few other classes. These other classes are classes just for you. For example, on "A" days you might take History and on "B" days you would then take Wind Ensemble. Or, on "A" days you would take Symphonic Band and on "B" days you might take History.