Many Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) families have shared a preference for later school start times for secondary students. Based on several factors, Johnson High School was selected to pilot an 8:30 a.m. start time in fall 2015, with the additional benefit of using Metro Transit to get to and from school.
This pilot program is a direct result of feedback received during our Rethinking School Start Time engagement process.
Johnson High School was selected because:
Benefits to Changing Start Times:
Results of a later start time for secondary schools
Science behind teen sleep patterns
When students receive fewer than 8 hours of sleep
When students begin school at 8:30 a.m. or later
*Source: Examining the Impact of Later High School Start Times on the Health and Academic Performance of High School Students: A Multi-Site Study, Kyla L. Wahlstrom, Ph.D., University of Minnesota.
Family and Student Based