Braintree High Headmaster Requests Change in Exam Schedules

The School Committee will consider the request in the months ahead.

Braintree High School.
Braintree High School.
The mid-term and final exams at Braintree High School would proceed more smoothly if all exams were complete before lunch, Headmaster James Lee said.

Lee requested Monday night that the School Committee consider the change, to ensure a more orderly and safe school environment.

Currently, exams take place before and after lunch. Students do not have anyclasses to be in at the time, so the entire student body – some 1,500 teenagers – waits in the main foyer and gymnasium lobby while 500 or so rotate in at a time to each lunch.

Moving all exam times earlier would mean a "safer environment and a more effective environment," Lee said.

He said he would appreciate if the committee considered the change ahead of this year's final exams, but that ultimately he'd like to get a new plan in place in time for next year's mid-terms and finals.
Robert Kearns January 14, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Why change a system that all ready works, there is really no problem with this system. He is just trying to make it easier for himself. There is no way it would be more effective to have exams earlier in the morning.
Andrew Scarlata January 14, 2014 at 06:42 PM
I agree with Robert. His proposed plan may look better on paper, however one must consider the student body's wishes as well. Students will already be up late studying for exams, and getting up earlier means kids won't be as focused and locked in on the exams as they otherwise would be.
Ben Carrington January 14, 2014 at 09:00 PM
I'm a student representative on the Braintree School Committee, and I will definitely speak on this matter during the next meeting and I know my fellow representatives will speak on this matter as well on behalf of the student body.
Cindi January 15, 2014 at 02:08 PM
I agree with Robert and others that the extra sleep is beneficial to our students and their performance on exams.
Allison Lounes January 15, 2014 at 05:28 PM
I graduated from BHS in 2005 and I'm pretty sure that's how it was for us - two exams in the morning. It was great because then I got to go home, eat lunch, take a nap if I wanted, and go back to studying in the early afternoon. It might have been in my last year (under Farrington?) that the schedule changed to one exam in the morning, being required to stay for lunch, and an exam in the afternoon. It was horrible because 1) it was a waste of time to sit around and wait for lunch without being able to study and 2) the teachers hated it because they lost tons of correcting time. I remember being really annoyed when it was changed, and I think they should change it back.


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