Does School Start too Early?

Corey Flynn


This question has been brought up many times in the past; do high school students start too early? Teachers complain about students sleeping in class all the time but it might not be their fault. In an issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine they stated that there is more and more evidence that starting school later would be beneficial to students.

Certain studies have also shown that teenagers are not ready to fall asleep until 11pm which means there normal wake up time should be 8am. Some kids have to wake up as early as 6am or even before that if they take a bus or live far away. When school starts at 7:35 students are just not psychologically ready to start school and they are not at a level where they can perform to the best of their ability.

The ideal time for school to start would be 8:30-9am. This would allow students to wake up later and be more functional. When asked about the later start time Franklin High student Jack Corsi said “It would be mint”, “It would help me focus more in school if I was able to get an extra hour of sleep”, “Gaining the extra hour really helps a lot.” It may only be an hour difference but it could definitely be beneficial in the long run.