About 200 Angevine Middle School students are getting to school extra early, at 7:45 a.m., this year to take classes that give them extra support or enrichment. There's a session to help kids who are trying tougher classes, a book club, a film class, math classes for both support and enrichment, and jazz band or orchestra. Forty fifth-graders from area elementary schools also take an early-morning, middle school-level math class at Angevine. After school, there are a variety of sports and clubs.
The combination of before- and after-school offerings gives Angevine's 600 students the option to spend eight hours at school, for an extended day that school leaders hope will lead to higher achievement and more student engagement.
Along with more time, the school is making changes to better use its regular class time.