Microsoft have released a set of SharePoint 2010 templates that you can use in your current SharePoint environment in your schools.
The templates are free and can be downloaded from here.
There are 2 main templates in the WSP Solution that you download from the Microsoft site. You can upload this as a sandbox solution into your environment and they are available as a site template when creating sites.
Features in the class site include:
- Class Discussions
- Course Materials
- Student Files
Features in the Study Group include:
- Group Discussions
- Shared Documents