Friday, March 12, 2010

Pros and Cons of Year Round School

We've had several parents ask us our opinions related to year round school schedules. After reading the information, if you have any questions about year round school availability in your area please email us as greatlakeslearning@gmail.com.

' In the traditional school year there are 180 days of school and year round school is typically a 45-15 schedule. Students go to school for 45 days and then have 15 off.

Pros of year round school:

- Children retain information better, there is no long period of time between one year ending and another school year starting.

- The 15 day period of time can be used for extra curricular activities that enhance what the child is learning in school and therefore reinforce what the child learns.

- Kids don't get bored with a long summer break and they like having breaks to look forward to every few weeks.

- With staggering the scheduling, school buildings can be used for more students which is more economical and efficient.

 Cons of year round school:

 - Families with children on different scheduling tracks have a difficult time.

- Certain school clubs and groups like sports, cheerleading, band, theatre, could have difficulty in planning and practicing when there are frequent breaks.

- Community programs and private industries that provide youth camps and such activities have a hard time organizing and scheduling their events.

- Teachers may spend more time reviewing information than with a traditional year because even in two weeks, kids tend to forget. This may not be entirely negative as it helps students keep reviewing information and therefore, keeping it fresh in their minds.
In conclusion, studies regarding both schedules have been inconclusive as to which is better for students. It is always good for schools to try new ways of doing things because when they find something great the students benefit. It pays to have a willingness to try something new as long as it doesn't do any harm to the student.

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