The school day begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 2:55 p.m.  Students at each grade level are assigned to interdisciplinary academic teams called Houses.  There are two Houses, consisting of five teachers and approximately 125 students in each House.  The House plan encourages teachers to use team-teaching techniques, multiple texts, and individualized as well as small group instruction.

A typical student schedule includes five academic subjects, two periods for non-academics and a thirty-minute lunch period.  Students begin the day with a five-minute homeroom period followed by seven, fifty-minute classes.  Courses offered are:  English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, World Languages of French or Spanish, and Mandarin (7th & 8th grade), Physical Education, Health, Music (choral and instrumental), Art, Computers, Tech Prep, STEM Robotics, Food Science & Wellness, STEM Coding & Drama.  Comprehensive basic skills, special education, and English-as-a-Second Language classes assist the overall program at John Witherspoon.