It seems there’s more variation nowadays in when schools begin and end their academic year. I grew up in the US where we had three solid months off school each year from the end of May until the end of August. But this isn’t the case for all schools now.
My cousin’s kids go to a public school in the US that changed its academic year schedule a few years ago. Now they have a six week summer break, ending in June and going back at the end of July, with more breaks during the year.
My sister’s son goes to a private school in the US where they have off what I think of as a normal summer, from the beginning of June until the end of August.
Universities are generally out for the summer by the beginning of May, because many students use the long summer to work, do internships or take summer classes.
Here in Scotland my kids have 6 weeks off school in the summer, from the second week of July until the third week of August. They get two weeks off in October and at Christmas and Easter. As nice as it is to have those longer breaks during the school year, summer still feels terribly short to me.
When does your academic year begin and end? Is it different from how it was in your area in years past?