Four Day Schools

Across rural Idaho, four-day weeks become routine

In Idaho’s four-day districts, many parents, students and staff covet the flexibility of free Fridays. This helps explain how the schedule has become engrained in small-town Idaho.

Teachers and students adjust to longer school days

The four-day schedule has transformed how teachers teach, who teaches in rural Idaho — and how students learn.

‘No time to waste:’ Notus runs at a fast pace

The Notus School District is a success story — but, perhaps, a success story that just happens to be unfolding on a four-day campus.

A schedule change saves money. Just not much.

And for some four-day districts, even the modest savings came at an unacceptable cost to employees.

Preston upholds a decision driven by dollars

Five years after adopting a four-day calendar, daunting fiscal realities continue to confront Preston schools.

Four-day school test scores are inconclusive — but troubling

It’s difficult to draw firm conclusions from Idaho’s test results. Sample sizes are small. Long-term trends are elusive.

Sage and COSSA Academy: Two four-day outliers

The two schools are shaped by their four-day calendar — but are defined, starkly, by differing demographics.

An unproven experiment, involving 26,881 Idaho students

Opinions about Idaho’s four-day schools are rampant. Hard statistics are scarce.

Data dive: Surprising statistics on four-day schools

Some four-day school statistics confirm conventional wisdom. Others contradict political rhetoric.