Students debate efficacy of new schedule


Hana Wadlow ’25, Staff Reporter

For the ’22-’23 school year, Riordan has created a new schedule which has caused some confusion. The biggest challenges in the schedule are Wednesdays and Fridays. 

Nolina Eva Maltez expressed her disfavor towards the schedule, saying, “I would say a con about the bell schedule for this year specifically is that I don’t really like how unstructured Wednesdays and Fridays are, because we never really know until the day of whether Wednesday or Friday is going to be a half day or not.” 

The new schedule change includes R-Time as a “homeroom” and on some Wednesdays, an Activities period. 

“I don’t like the new schedule…because of the inconsistency of the schedules especially on Wednesdays and Fridays,” said Andres Zamora ’26. 

The Activities schedule on Wednesdays is a 1:25 p.m. dismissal and a club period from 1:30-3:15. On Fridays, the schedule is normal but without lunch periods, most of the time. Break is after the first period. This confuses many students because on a regular bell schedule, break is after the R-Time period. The Friday period consists of a dismissal of 12:40. 

Many voiced how they missed the name “munch” instead of “break,” which was the name during the ’21-’22 school year and for years before. The name munch was unique to Riordan and no other school had it. 

Overall, the most feedback given about the new bell schedule is how inconvenient and difficult the schedule is to locate. Many claim to not know about the early dismissals prior to coming to school, which confuses them, despite the fact that it is on the calendar on the school website and on the R-Time slides. 

Simply put, the schedule should be announced or communicated to the students the day before rather than the day of. This would help many students know and be prepared for the schedule before arriving at school.