Some people wonder how schools like this can accelerate the learning process. No offense to teachers as we write the following–most will probably agree with us. Take the middle school I used to work at. Each student had 5 periods of academic classes, 1 period of PE and one period of classes like, art, computers, music etc. Although PE and other classes are very important, let us just look at the 5 academic classes. Each class was about 40 minutes. Some of that time was for attendance, student discipline, housekeeping, bathroom, working with multiple students,etc. Although I personally think on average only about 20 minutes of each class was solid learning for a student (some teaching a student already knows but the teacher has to review for the other students), lets go with 30 minutes per class times 5 classes. That means a student is actually only learning the academics for 150 minutes a day (2 1/2 hours). If it is the 20 minutes which I personally think is closer to the truth that would be only 100 minutes a day or one hour and 40 minutes. In individual paced programs it is real easy to double and triple that learning time in a day to get the learning and the diploma even faster. Home school parents know this idea well.