Year Round Schools

Currently 4% of all schools are year round schools. Traditionally schools start in the end of August or beginning of September and go to the end of May or the beginning of June. These type of schools have students in the classroom for 10 months with a two month summer break. Throughout the school year there are winter and spring breaks. The year round school schedule would have students the same about of days as the traditional school schedule. Some writers believe that incorporating the year round school schedule is not actually much of a change, just a rearranging of the norm. "Year round schooling is not an an extension of the school year, but, rather, a reorganization of it" (Education Week 2010). The most common way to break up the year round education is to go to school 45 days then get 15 days off (three weeks). The students from both schools get 180 days in the classroom.

Year round school schedules have not taken over the traditional school system, however has become more prevalent throughout the United States and Canada. According to the figure below, California leads the way with over 1300 schools incorporating the new system, as of 2007. The Next nearest school is almost 1200 fewer.


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Pros
  • The beginning of the school year is not spent reviewing past curriculum.
  • Students get bored during summer vacation so this would keep them busy and focused.
  • Same amount of days in school as the more traditional schools.
  • The breaks are separated throughout the year.
  • Greater progress.

Cons
  • Evidence is not proven that year round schools put students ahead academically.
  • If the school district is split between year round schools and traditional schools this could be a challenge for parents. Having one child in a year round school and the other child in the traditional school.
  • Students will be unable to get summer jobs.



More information:
http://www.edweek.org/ew/issues/year-round-schooling/
http://www.kidsource.com/education/teach.year.round.html#ref
http://www.psparents.net/Year_Round_School.htm
http://www.educationworld.com/a_admin/admin/admin126.shtml