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 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. Students have periodic, shorter breaks rather than one long summer break.
In a balanced calendar option, during the fall, spring, and summer break periods, schools provide extended learning opportunities for students (called intersession programming). Students can relearn material, practice skills, catch up or experience nonacademic enrichment activities.
While we will remain on a traditional calendar for 2022-23, the committee is open to future consideration of a balanced calendar. The calendars of surrounding districts, and evolving research on the impact on student achievement, are all factors that could contribute to additional study.