Mods. Class Scheduling to Maximize Opportunities

Mods: another example of what sets Pius XI Catholic High School apart.

With a modular scheduling system, each student’s schedule is uniquely developed to fit their chosen coursework and academic needs.

We offer students the freedom of filling their free periods so they can prepare the time management skills they will need in post-secondary education – and the rest of their lives.

It’s this flexibility that helps guide our students on their path to being mature scholars.

How Mods Work

Our modular scheduling system consists of sixteen “mods” of 22 minutes each, with 4 minutes between mods. Most classes are 2 mods long, making them a total of 48 minutes long (2 mods of 22 minutes, plus 4 minutes in between that are spent in class).

Courses meet two, three or four times per week and last from 22 minutes to 90 minutes.

The Mod system provides flexibility in the frequency and duration of individual courses, and approximates the scheduling systems used by colleges and universities – it’s an immediate way to help students prepare for higher education.

Building Connections in TAC

One of the most critical parts of a person’s social, academic, and spiritual development are the connections they make in their lives.

Pius XI offers a unique opportunity to develop lasting relationships in all parts of their high school journey with our version of homeroom assignments known as TAC.

The Teacher Advisor Contact (TAC) program is something we pioneered many decades ago – and something we are most proud of.

How TAC Works

TAC is a unique homeroom in which small groups of students, from all grade levels, interact with each other and are mentored by a faculty member who serves as their teacher advisor.

In turn, the teacher advisor serves as the liaison between parents and the school and is a mentor to each student during their four years of high school. This consistency allows students to build a strong relationship with their teacher advisor, who then often serves as a trusted counselor and an advocate for the student.

TAC makes a large community feel smaller. Each school day starts and ends with students assembling in their TAC room, a daily touch point for students with their teacher advisor. It’s an opportunity to gather together to pray, socialize, and learn of important announcements every day.