Burdened by crowding, Van Nuys High School adopted a year-round schedule last year
to help alleviate the problem.
But in designing a multi-track calendar to accommodate the school's 2,500 students,
critics say the school has created another problem: a system that promotes academic
Patricia Cavala's school day had gotten off to a sluggish start.
The 17-year-old said she had arrived just three minutes late at Roosevelt High School in
East Los Angeles after missing the bus one morning. She was sent to the "tardy room" for
the rest of the period, and instructed to write repeatedly: "I will not be late to school.... "