Zero Period: An Innovation
February 8, 2018, 7:50 am
Ana Camila Solis, SJA Class of 2018
Saint Joseph Academy (SJA) introduces new and innovative courses to their academic curriculum when necessary. A zero period for Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus was created at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year exclusively for senior students to accommodate their course scheduling needs.
Due to the number of students enrolled in the fourth period AP Calculus class, it was decided by the administration and Mr. Rene Lerma to create an earlier class. Mr. Lerma said, “a zero period is simply a regular period that begins earlier”. Zero period is from 7:30 to 8:25 a.m because it also serves as homeroom for the students. According to Mr. Lerma, zero period is being tested as a permanent course to possibly allow seniors to take more electives. The students in the zero period class this year either have a study hall or are able to take another elective.
Zero period has proven to be an efficient addition to the course curriculum so far. Senior and zero period student Carolina Varela recommends keeping the course because “if students are taking many AP classes during the day, having a zero period really helps.” For students that are interested in being part of zero period next school year, check the course catalog for its availability.