Joseph Baldwin Academy

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule on campus for the Joseph Baldwin Academy is quite full. Students are required to attend all classes and activities, and there is little unstructured time.

  • Generally, students attend class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9:00 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, with short breaks in the morning and afternoon and a longer break for lunch.
  • Between the end of class and lights-out, students attend recreational activities, have dinner, return to class for ninety minutes for study hall, and enjoy some social time.
  • Each day concludes with a hall meeting.
  • Lights-out is at 11 pm Monday – Friday, midnight on Saturday and 10 pm on Sunday. Listed below are the approximate times for daily activities.

Monday – Friday

  7:00 a.m. –   9:00 a.m. Breakfast/Free Time
  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Class
12:00 p.m. –   1:15 p.m. Lunch/Free Time
  1:15 p.m. –   4:00 p.m. Class
  4:30 p.m. –   6:00 p.m. Dinner/Free Time
  6:00 p.m. –   7:15 p.m. Study Hall
  7:30 p.m. –   9:30 p.m. Activity Time
  9:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Hall Meeting
10:15 p.m. Curfew
11:00 p.m. Lights Out


  7:00 a.m. –   9:00 a.m. Free Time
  8:15 a.m. –   9:00 a.m. Breakfast/Free Time
  9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Class
11:30 a.m. –   1:00 p.m. Lunch/Free Time
  1:00 p.m. –   5:00 p.m. Activity Time
  5:00 p.m. –   7:00 p.m. Dinner/Free Time
  7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Activity Time & Dance
11:15 p.m. Curfew
12:00 a.m. Lights Out


  7:00 a.m. –   9:00 a.m. Breakfast/Free Time
  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Church/Free Time
12:00 p.m. –  1:00 p.m. Lunch/Free Time
  1:00 p.m. –  5:00 p.m. Activity Time
  5:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m. Dinner/Free Time
  7:00 p.m. –  8:30 p.m. Study Hall
  8:30 p.m. –  9:00 p.m. Hall Meeting
  9:15 p.m. Curfew
10:00 p.m. Lights Out

Co-Curricular Activities

Each morning before class, students have the opportunity to participate in one of several activities that are supervised by preceptors.  Due to the student interest, most of these activities tend to be athletic in nature . . . several students like to jog or walk around the community.

In the afternoon many attend Truman’s Student Recreation Center where they may play sports such as basketball, volleyball, soccer, and racquetball.  Students who are over 14 are also allowed to use the University’s weight equipment.

Students who decide not to attend one of the morning or afternoon activities are allowed to do such activities as: go to the campus library to study, to complete their homework, to check their email, to catch up with laundry, etc.  Many students use this time to meet in the commons area at the residence hall and hang out with their friends. Students wanting to bring their musical instruments to practice or perform while at JBA will have access to practice rooms in the Fine Arts building on campus, Ophelia Parrish.  Students may also be interested in performing during the Talent Showcase at the end of the Session.

In the evening after study hall, students are required to participate in an activity. The Activities Directors  plan 7-8 choices most days, providing a selection of athletic, intellectual, creative, and recreational activities. Typical activities include dodgeball, jewelry making, theater games, chess, crafts, Ultimate Frisbee, painting, hiking, Capture the Flag, swing dancing, cooking, swimming, concerts on the square, and short trips to local Kirksville stores.

The cost for most activities is included in the student’s tuition: students who choose to sign up for craft activities or off-site activities, such as movies, swimming or shopping may be required to pay a nominal fee.

A few select nights during the session the students will enjoy the JBA Carnival, dress up for “Halloween in the summer” or may choose to perform in the JBA Talent.

On the weekends the Academy provides more ambitious activities, including evening dances, the JBA Olympics, Lip Sync competition, and a quiz bowl tournament.  Students also have “down time” to catch up on laundry or just relax and talk with friends.