Year Round School in Watauga County

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There are many advantages to year round school, but these are some of the academic benefits.

Students with learning disadvantages may receive academic benefits. Student achievement scores improve when those students are attending year-round schools. 1 The explanation is simple: the loss of retention of information that occurs during the three-month summer vacation is minimized by the shorter, more frequent vacations that characterize year-round calendars. For those students without intellectual stimulation, enrichment, or reinforcement during the summer, summertime can be intellectually detrimental.

Also, summer school, the typical time for remediation in traditional calendar schools, is held just once a year. It is scheduled after the school year has been completed, which is often too late. Year-round calendars replace summer school with intersession (those periods of shorter vacations that punctuate the instructional year). Because intersessions take place more frequently, remediation can occur in sequence, offering to help a student in a timely manner.

Of course, there are other benefits associated with the year-round calendar: teacher and student stress are relieved by regular breaks throughout the year; vacation time can be used more creatively; and the curriculum can creatively incorporate seasonal learning.

Implementing a year-round education calendar has both facility and programmatic implications. In its multitrack and single-track forms, it can be an important strategy for ensuring that a district can deliver the best possible educational program.

Here is what another North Carolina teacher has to say about year round school, "

I teach at a year round school in North Carolina. There are four tracks that rotate in and out during the school year. I teach 9 weeks then I'm tracked out (on vacation for 3) 45/15 days. I love this calendar. Just when you are feeling stressed, it's time to track out. Our review at the beginning of the year is shorter because the kids have only been out of school for three weeks instead of the summer break."

An example calendar 2017-2018 might look like this...

July 24th - First Day of School

Sept 25th - 3 week Fall Break

Dec 18th - 3 week Winter Break

March 12 - 3 week Spring Break

June 8th - 6 week Summer Break

 



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