Year Round Schools

By:McKenzie Kramer

What is it?

  • Schools that go for at least 48 weeks at a time
  • 12 weeks in school then a one week break
  • 12 weeks in school 4 week break (typically in August)

When was it started?

  • started in the 1990's
  • usually in urban areas where agricultural cycle was not important
  • started in Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Buffalo, and Detroit

What are the advantages?

  • calendar more balanced- do not have as hard of time transitioning from time off to going back to school
  • studies show that these students do slightly better in school
  • more frequent breaks can be used to help students who are struggling
  • students are engaged in learning for the majority of the year- do not have to relearn things after summer break
  • schools not sitting empty for summer months
  • less absences- more frequent breaks to "reload and recharge"

What are the disadvantages?

  • hard to find childcare for off weeks
  • older students can not have summer job
  • may be more expensive for schools because they have to keep them going year round
  • teachers do not have as much time to prepare for the next school year

How many schools go year round?

  • 10% of the schools in the USA
  • 3,181 schools