Flexible Learning

Hill-Murray School follows a hybrid schedule, meaning longer class periods but fewer class periods each day. Two days per week, we have built W.I.N. Time (What I Need) into our schedule. During W.I.N. days, students sign up for flexible class time where they can complete homework assignments, re-take tests, collaborate with each other on projects, consult with teachers, or get assistance from The Nicholas Center.

With Hill-Murray’s rigorous academic programs and a wide variety of athletics and other co-curricular activities, we know that students often have commitments from early in the morning until late at night. The hybrid schedule is designed to alleviate some of the stress associated with a rigorous and demanding schedule and gives students more flexibility during the school day.

Do you have questions about the hybrid schedule? Please contact us.


With our hybrid schedule, our school needed additional flexible learning spaces for students to study, do research, meet with groups on projects, and get help from teachers or peers. We introduced the Innovation Center this year, and we are planning significant renovations for the Library/Media Center next year, as well as the addition of another Flex Room in the near future.


The Hill-Murray School Library Media Center (LMC) is designed to encourage students to develop a lifelong love of learning. We will renovate the LMC this year, making it possible for students to explore literature, learn effective research skills, use information, data, and ideas in all formats accurately and responsibly, and build their 21st-century learning skills. The LMC has several student resources available, including the library catalog, access to the research database, ebook and audiobook checkout information, and additional learning resources for classroom projects.
To access all student resources, visit the portals below.

Rendering of NEW LMC
Rendering of NEW LMC Collaboration Room
LMC Middle School Lounge
LMC Quiet Reading Area


Hill-Murray School’s Innovation Center is dedicated to giving students the ability to engage with and explore cutting-edge technologies. Coding courses are offered through this space, with the curriculum including application workflow development, user-experience design (UX Design), Java, Python, and C# coding, 3D modeling, CAD development, and high-end virtual reality application game design.

The room and its resources are available across academic departments and software have been selected that can easily integrate with curriculum across the school, including virtual reality simulations and experiential learning. The furniture and overall design of the room allow it to become a flexible learning space and a great space for collaborative group projects.

Virtual Reality Station
VR Provides Experiential Learning
Flexible Learning Areas
Group Project Areas


Designed with flexibility in mind, this learning space makes it easy for student desks to quickly be moved from a typical classroom arrangement into group work clusters. The walls are painted with a special coating that allows them to be written on with dry-erase markers, making it an excellent location for group learning projects and functional collaboration space. Many of the concepts that have been proven in this space have influenced the design of future classrooms and collaborative spaces around the rest of the school.

Flexible Seating Arrangements
Group & Teacher Meetings
Collaborative Work Areas