Are year long schools better than traditional schools?

According to this AP article, the results of implementing year round schools are mixed. Students enrolled in year round schools attend are in the classroom for 180 days out of the year, just like those enrolled in traditional schools. The difference lies in vacation time, with year round students having several breaks distributed through out the year instead of one long summer break.  The year long model has both it’s fans and detractors. In an interview with AP, Minnesota parent Shannon Oelrich said, “I think it’s good. The kids don’t get as bored for the long break in the summer, and it’s good to have a couple of breaks in the middle of the year. They’re happier. And when they spend less time away from school, the teachers don’t waste so much time reviewing.” Billee Bussard, who runs a pro-traditional school year organization in Florida said, “The year-round calendar limits the window of opportunity for parents to give their children learning experiences outside the school walls.”

According to Hofstra University’s School of Education, Health and Human Services professor Esther Fusco, “”research suggests that students in high-needs districts and those who have disabilities do better in year-round learning situations. This is logical because these students do not have the down time that occurs over the summer. But the results are not very significant. I have not seen any study that shows students greatly improve.”

Read the full article here.

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  1. LeAnn Risch July 17, 2012

    What is unfortunate is, we are not talking about increasing the school year overall—that is one thing that will improve learning overall–more time in the classroom—if we are really going to focus on what is best for students, we should extend the school year. Too bad budget cuts continue to erode at this idea.


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