Academic year changes

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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?

2 thoughts on “Academic year changes

  1. Long summers made my childhood. All my favorite memories from my early years come from those long lazy summers in the beautiful Pacific Northwest countryside. Although I did well at school, I never really enjoyed attending and those summers were my lifeline. My nieces now have the same long summers off, and seem to enjoy the freedom just as much as I did, but I think school is less boring for them than it was for me. Maybe that would make it easier to deal with shorter breaks.

  2. Third culture kid checking in. As someone who lived in the U.S. and elsewhere, I envied my American cousins with their long vacations. After moving to the U.S. from a Commonwealth nation, that envy turned to disappointment: three months between spring and fall was just too much time for me to sit at home and do nothing. I took summer classes, summer research programs and studied for the GRE to help pass the time. And now that I’m in grad school, a week or so break is more than enough. 🙂

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