The year at Gillespie Academy is split into two semesters of 15 semester hours each. What this means is that for each week of the 13 week semester the student will be in class for 15 hours. We run classes Tuesday to Friday and a typical school day will run from 9am to 2pm with short breaks between classes and an hour lunch break. This allows students that do not commute but who live close enough to home to go home for the weekends. Also, students have unanimously reported that they find that having Monday’s off is very helpful in order to keep up with the programs workload.
The program at Gillespie is purposefully rigorous. For every one hour of class time a typical student can expect an hour of homework. This means that a typical student can expect 15-20 hours of homework per week to keep up with class requirements. This expectation of time spent out of the classroom is critical for a student to succeed at Gillespie. An average student who is willing to put in the time and effort into each course will succeed. Equally so, a gifted student who refuses to put in the time will flounder academically.
Class sizes at Gillespie are kept relatively small on purpose. What this allows is a very robust interaction between student and professor in the classroom. This interactive dynamic is critical in getting the most from the classroom setting. Equally, a small class size also maximizes the student’s ability to interact with professors outside of the classroom which is also encouraged.