Homeroom, or No Homeroom. . . That is The Question

In the wake of a novel school year, the Bromfield School has decided to continue without homerooms. 

In early November, 97 high schoolers shared their opinion with The Mirror through a survey created by senior Jackie Walker. Most students reported feeling neutral, or strongly approving of the change.  

Pie chart depicting student ratings of no homeroom

Lastly, they elaborated their feelings for and against homerooms. Here are some of their responses. 


What do you like about not having homeroom?


What do you dislike about not having homeroom?


Olivia Ren, 12th grade: 

“I think it makes walking to my first classroom much easier. Originally, the passing period was super crowded and I’d get hit by backpacks a lot, but now everyone can trickle in to their classroom at their own pace, which I like.” 


Camille Bradley, 9th grade: 

“Not having homeroom makes school feel less fun and more like literally just school. Homeroom was a fun part of our days and now, with that gone, it takes away a fun aspect of the school day and makes me want to go less.”


Julian Iverson, 12th grade:

“Now that school starts later in the day, it feels like homeroom isn’t as needed, especially because we don’t have breakfast at school anymore and people come to school early if they need that buffer.”


Nathan Bowen, 9th grade: 

“I dislike having to jump right into class, instead of having some time to calibrate to the school environment and get settled with my responsibilities and assignments for the day.”


Geraghty Vellante, 12th grade:

“It really. . . adds no benefit or use to the people that come in. You would get marked late or absent depending on when you showed up to homeroom, rather than your actual class. This gives off a sense that it isn’t as bad to show up late to school [and] you technically aren’t missing a whole lot (the changing period between classes, the pledge, announcements, etc.). But with no homeroom, you are now missing an actual class period and actual class time that really does matter in the grand scheme of things.”


Leon Indigo Dell’Era, 11th grade: 

“I don’t like not having the extra leeway in the morning. If I’m five minutes late now, I miss five minutes of a 45 minute class. Before, being five minutes late just meant missing part of homeroom. It is also harder to know what first period is, and where to go, when we don’t have homeroom to go to and then figure it out. I also frequently miss announcements because I am not here before I need to be, and they start at 8:10. With homeroom, they would be during the school day so I felt better informed.”


Lana Ostaszewski, 11th grade:

“I get to see new people every morning before class starts.”


Sophia Atwell, 11th grade: 

“I think that we often have to wait to start class because more people are late.”


Siena Ruark, 10th grade:

“I like that there’s not a single room I have to go to every morning- some classrooms I don’t like more than others, and I would hate starting every day in a classroom that makes me stressed or tired.”


Julian Iverson, 12th grade:

“I miss chatting with friends and looking over some assignments from the night before. Also, it was a nice bit of social energy before you started the day.”


Stelliana Bassi, 12th grade:

“I feel like homeroom isn’t necessary, no point of it if we have attendance taken in every class anyways.”


Coco Demetros, 10th grade:

“Some teachers start before 8:15 and by the time I get there I’m already behind.”


Logan Houston, 12th grade:

“I prefer to get straight into my first class. I always thought homeroom to be pointless. Why should we sit in a class for 5 minutes and then have to walk to our first class? Why not just listen to the announcements in our first class? I much prefer this system.”


Luisa Nurlat, 10th grade: 

“Not having a homeroom, I feel there is a loss in relationship between students and teachers. There is no longer a general place where they interact besides the classroom which is usually too busy with work.”