Hello! My name is Anna Chocallo and I have researched educational calendars and their effects on students.
Year-round education is a form of school calendar that runs through the entire year with small breaks at different times during the year. There are also different forms of the year-round calendar. There are two forms of year-round education, single-track and multi-track. Single-track calendars can run on any schedule, but only have one group of students that go throughout the year. Some of the single-track models include 45 days of school-15 days off, 60 days in school-20 days off, and 90 days in school-30 days off. Multi-track calendars can operate on any single-track model, but can support more students with less space. Multi-track calendars occur when there are groups separated so that one group is always on vacation while the rest are at school. All forms of year-round school and seasonal school run for 180 days.
So if seasonal schools and year-round schools go the same amount of time, do they affect grades differently?
Themodified calendar has more frequent breaks that prevent burnout, but they are smaller
The advantages of year-round education include less knowledge lost due to more frequent breaks. In multi-track systems, it is also easier to accommodate more people. When there are multiple tracks of students, more students can participate over the course of a year.
The disadvantages of a year-round schedule include problems with proving the changes and universal coordination in a school district.
There is also debate on whether the high price to change the school system will be worth the questionable benefits.
There have been hybrid solutions of the calendar suggested. An example of this is where students can sign up for blocks of time at school during the year with a mandatory number of days. In this way, it would be like the calendar of a college, in the way that there is more independence in choosing vacations.
Until more research is further done, neither form of education can be deemed better for the success of students’ education.
Education: Year-Round vs. Seasonal
Education: year-Round vs. seasonal<br />By Anna Chocallo<br />8th Grade Project, B Block<br />The Walker School<br />