Reverse C schedules disappeared as part of ongoing schedule revisions

Jacob McGraw

The late starts were beloved by some members of the Malvern community.  

In 2013, Malvern introduced Reverse C schedules. They pushed back the start time of school from 8:25 to 9:15. Three years later in 2016, the schedule was removed, never to be seen again.

The Reverse C solved some problems with professional development for teachers. Often teachers would miss meetings after school for sport practices and games. This was nice for teachers, but Assistant Head of School Mr. Ron Algeo said it wasn’t ideal for everyone.

“We got very split feedback from parents and students. Some parents loved it because their kid could get an extra hour of sleep. Some parents did not like it because it inconvenienced them trying to get their kid in later,” he said. “It could interfere with work.”

The feedback from the parents was split, along with the student feedback. Some students, including junior Corey Kovalovich, enjoyed the extra hour before school. “I liked Reverse C schedules because I get to wake up at eight and come in at nine and get 10 hours of sleep,” he said.

The extra time to sleep was appreciated by some students, but it did not accommodate for those on buses. Students who took a bus or rode into school on a school van were still dropped off at the usual time as if school was starting at 8:25. Students arriving this early had very little options on where to go and what to do.

This was negative for some students, including junior Chase Sakers. “[Reverse C schedules were] great, but… we have an hour here of doing nothing and it’s a pain,” he said. “But it’s nice not having any class.”

Faculty were forced to decide what they would do about this scheduling after receiving feedback that the previous scheduling system being confusing or having too many different schedules.

“Students were telling me that they would rather be out early than start late,” Algeo said. “So the team listened to the school and decided to get rid of the Reverse C along with B schedules and renaming the existing schedules to more transparent names.” 

Some of those changes included making the Reverse C Schedule into a PD schedule to making it more clear to an individual reading the schedule why there was an early dismissal. With professional development meetings for teachers starting earlier at 2 p.m., fewer teachers miss the meetings for practices and games. 

With making the schedule more simple and listening to the feedback of students as goals, the clear decision seemed to be saying goodbye to Reverse C schedules.