It’s always good to look for ways to help teens take responsibility. There are some new schools that have found a way to give more of a mature feel to high school.
This is one of a small number of U.S. schools that have abandoned the traditional strategy of using bells to move students from one class to another.
The lack of bells is meant to enhance the campus’ collegiate atmosphere by demanding students keep track of their own schedule, said Principal Ken Wagner.
In the three months since the doors opened at the $100 million campus, students have risen to the challenge, moving between classes more efficiently than Wagner has seen at other high schools.
“But what I didn’t anticipate was that not having bells buzzing all the time — 12 to 24 times a day — it also contributes to a calm feeling on campus,” Wagner said.
At least two schools in the Coachella Valley Unified School District are considered a similar strategy.
Victor Uribe, principal of Coachella Valley High School in Coachella, said he hoped to one day remove class bells from his school.
Stephen Franklin, principal at Desert Mirage in Thermal, said his school had discussed “trying to go bell-less,” but that the discussion had fallen secondary to other school priorities.
Rancho Mirage High does not operate entirely without broadcasting signals to students.
In honor of the mascot, a rattlesnake, three “rattles” are broadcast over the school intercom system to mark the start of the school day, the end of lunch and the conclusion of the last period.