Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Johnson, Theodore


Block scheduling (Education)


Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration


The purpose of this study was to develop an academic schedule that was well-thought, thorough, consistent, and beneficial to students' academic achievement. The use of a block scheduling formula for the high school meant providing students and teachers with an opportunity to innovatively and creatively interact in the learning process, while using time-on-task in an efficient manner. Utilizing an innovative schedule determined how teachers used pedagogy to improve academic performance. Innovative scheduling made a contribution to scholarly research, scholarly work, student interest, and cooperative learning.

The intern reviewed research regarding the advantages of block scheduling. In order to gather input regarding innovative scheduling, the intern sent memos to local administrators and distributed surveys to approximately 120 students and 120 faculty members of Pennsauken High School.

Major findings indicated that block scheduling was effective if thorough teacher training was provided by the school district. Teachers and students had mixed views of block scheduling. Findings indicated that innovative schedules were effective if electives were double periods and major classes were single periods.