At the beginning of the academic year, Ocean View High School added 20 extra minutes of potential learning time after each class. Three months in, students are seeing significant changes.
The embedded tutorial program gives students more time for learning, tutoring or homework, and rewards high-achieving students with an extra break.
School officials say the program has increased attendance, curbed bad behavior and reduced the number of students who are failing or in danger of failing.
"We're trying to create a school that makes it easier for students to pass," Principal Dan Bryan said.
The program started after some Ocean View teachers saw a similar program at Whittier High School. The school tailored the program to its specific needs and to its block schedule.
The idea is to give teachers an extra 20 minutes to use however they feel their students would profit from the most. Bryan said the program gives teachers a lot of flexibility and they can change how they use the time with every period.