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“I feel so much better. It’s awesome, I love it,” adds Grade 11 studentMike Stuckless. “There’s more time (in the morning), you feel morefresh and less gross.”

How great is late?

“I like it — I feel more rested,” says 16-year-old Tiffany Gerro.

“I feel so much better. It’s awesome, I love it,” adds Grade 11 student Mike Stuckless. “There’s more time (in the morning), you feel more fresh and less gross.”

This year, the teens at Toronto’s Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute are starting classes an hour later than everyone else in the city as part of a pilot project to determine if getting some extra sleep actually improves not just their attendance, but their grades.

And so far, so good.

“The kids were on time — nobody was late,” the first two days of classes, says Wayne Erdman, who started teaching math at the school 26 years ago and is now also the department head. “I could not believe it.”

He’s not expecting miracles — “they’re still teens and I still expect some to be late, but not half an hour or 45 minutes,” as in the past. And he’s hoping that more sleep will mean better results for his first-period students, after a whopping 46 per cent failed Grade 11 functions last year.

Eastern is acting on the growing body of research that shows teens’ brains are wired to go to bed late and get up late.

Principal Sam Miceli said he has heard positive reviews from staff and students and said enrolment is up this year.

 
 
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