Year-Round & Extended Year Schools
In schools following year-round schedules, instructional days are distributed across 10, 11, or 12 months rather than the traditional nine-month calendar. Summer break may be shorter, while other breaks, known as intercessions, may be added during typical times of transition such as the end of the semester. Intercessions may include opportunities for remediation or enrichment. Extended year calendars add instructional days to the mandated annual requirement and may include other features of a year-round calendar.
A 2012 Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission study (PDF) of year-round schools concluded that:
- While, overall, SOL scores at year-round schools were similar to scores in traditional calendar schools, SOL scores of certain student subgroups were more likely to improve at a faster rate at year-round schools.
- Year-round calendars increased annual school expenditures, on average, by about three percent.
- School divisions with high percentages of student groups that appear to benefit from year-round schools may want to consider implementing year-round calendars.
Year-Round & Extended Year School Grants
In the 2015 Appropriation Act, the General Assembly authorized planning grants of up to $50,000 to assist school divisions in planning for the establishment of year-round school programs for the 2016-2017 school year. The General Assembly also authorized start-up grants to assist school divisions in establishing year-round or extended year school programs for the 2015-2016 and/or 2016-2017 school years. Each year-round or extended year school may receive up to $300,000 per year, or up to $400,000 for Accreditation Denied schools.
- Superintendent's Memo 153-15
- Planning grant – Application Instructions (Word)
- Planning grant Application (Word)
- Start-Up Grant Application Instructions (Word)
- Start-Up Grant Application (Word)