Year Round Schooling, Good or Bad?

26 04 2010

According to the National Association for Year-Round Education, more than 2.3 million U.S. public school students attended year-round schools in the 2002-03 school year. NAYRE also reports that 3,181 public schools now function year round, compared with 408 schools in 1986-87.

The following charts compare the distribution of days in school and days on break on the nine-month traditional calendar vs. the distribution of school days on a balanced or modified calendar. Weekends are excluded form the charts, with both models detailing a typical year of 258 work days (Monday through Friday). Both charts represent a standard school year of 180 days. Graphs found at

The balanced calendar reduces the long summer break and simply apportions those days throughout the school year, producing more frequent breaks and thus limiting long periods of in-session days, as well as longer vacations

Pros and Cons of Year Round schooling:

Con: Local businesses may suffer to a longer school year because students will be unable to work a long at summer job

Pro: In this system, students and teachers are divided into groups, or tracks, of about the same size. Each track follows its own schedule, so that one track is on vacation while others are in school. According to NAYRE, implementing a four-track system increases the capacity of a school by 33%.

Con: Parents with two children, one following the traditional school year system and the other studying according to the year-round education system will find it difficult to coordinate vacations.

Pro: Research shows that multi-track year-round schooling can significantly save money if it is used in place of building costly new school facilities




One response

26 04 2010
Michael Berryhill

Good stuff. You’ve got some numbers on the increase of year-round schooling, but how big is that number compared to those who go to the nine-month calendar?

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