What is a Balanced Calendar?

  • What is a balanced calendar? With a balanced calendar, students attend class the same number of days and receive the same instructional hours driven by the same curricula as students at traditional calendar schools. A balanced calendar modifies the traditional 180-day calendar to keep the learning process continuous. Students have periodic, shorter breaks rather than one long summer break. See Frequently Asked Questions >>

    A balanced calendar evenly distributes the days those students attend school and the days they are on vacation across the 12-month calendar year. All students attend school at the same time and go on vacation at the same time. See below for a comparison of our current school calendar with the two most common versions of a balanced school calendar.

    In a balanced calendar option, during the fall, spring, and summer break periods, schools provide extended learning opportunities for students. Students can relearn material, practice skills, catch up or experience nonacademic enrichment activities.

    Learn more about our Balanced Calendar Steering Committee >>

Types of Calendars

  • Current Calendar

  • 45 / 10 Balanced Calendar

  • 45 / 15 Balanced Calendar

Forums & Meeting Dates

  • Balanced Calendar Community Forums

    6:00 - 7:00 PM

    • January 19, 2022  -  Chinook Middle School
    • January 26, 2022  -  Nisqually Middle School
    • February 2, 2022  -  Salish Middle School

    BCSC Meetings

    Wednesday at 4:00 PM unless otherwise noted

    • May 12, 2021 (agenda)
    • June 23, 2021 (agenda)
    • Sept. 15, 2021 (agenda)
    • Oct. 13, 2021 (agenda)
    • October 20, 2021 Sub-Committee Meetings (agenda)
    • Nov. 17, 2021 (agenda)
    • Dec. 8, 2021  (agenda)  
    • Jan. 12, 2022 (agenda)
    • Feb. 9, 2022     
    • March 9, 2022
    • April 13, 2022

    Balanced School Calendar Summit

Share your thoughts with the Committee!

Timeline

  • Balanced Calendar Study Timeline

    • May 2021

      First Meeting - State-Wide Summit

    • Monthly Meetings

      Committee meets to learn, review challenges, & discuss solutions

    • January 2022

      Update to the Board of Directors and Community Forums

    • Early Spring

      Surveys (Student, Parents, Staff, Community)

    • May 2022

      Recommendation to the Board of Directors

    • 2022-2024

      Two-Year Implementation (pending Board Action)