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Typical Student Day

Though there really is no “typical” day for students during an Island School semester, the following outline provides a sense of the busy schedule students live while attending The Island School.

6:15 AM - Wake up and get ready for morning exercise.

6:30 AM - Morning circle. Led by student caciques, or daily leaders, students congregate announcements and the singing of the Bahamian National Anthem.

6:35 AM - Morning exercise. Students train for either the culminating half-marathon or super swim events through a variety of exercises that include running, swimming, and calisthenics.

7:30 AM - Chores. Students contributed to the cleanliness and maintenance of our campus.

8:00 AM - Personal Space. Students tidy up their bed space and get ready for the day.

8:15 AM - Breakfast. Students and educators share meals and the responsibility of doing dishes.

9:15 AM - Classes begin: Histories of The Bahamas. Students discuss the complexity of defining the term culture and reflect on their own worldview.

10:15 AM - Land and Environmental Art: Students examine the works of an environmental artist, such as Andy Goldsworthy, and brainstorm ideas for the creation of their own artworks.

12:15 PM - Lunch.

1:15 PM - Human Ecology: Students discuss the results of their ecological footprints and work collaboratively to create solutions to reducing that impact.

2:15 PM - Research: Students head out into the field to survey Lemon sharks in a nearby tidal creek.

4:15 PM - Exploration time. Students explore hundreds of acres of land on Cape Eleuthera, visit a local beach, or simply catch up on work or rest.

6:00 PM - Dinner circle and dinner. Led by the student caciques again, dinner circle includes announcements and a reflection on the day.

7:15 PM - Study hours. Ample time is provided each night for students to attend to their assignments. Each student gets a 20-minute phone time slot once every week during this time.

10:00 PM - Check-in. Students are expected to check-in to the dormitory with faculty.

10:30 PM - Lights out. In order to ensure that students are well rested, a 10:30 PM lights-out rule is enforced every night except Saturday.