Is Year-Round School Better For Students?
Supporters point to research that shows students on traditional school schedules lose about a month of learning over the summer, which means teachers have to spend a month or more reviewing in the fall instead of moving on to new material. Research also shows that lower income students lose even more ground — losing as much as three months of progress in reading comprehension over the summer vacation. A lack of access to enrichment activities during the break may be partly responsible for this summer slip.
Students at the new University Prep Science & Math High School on Detroit’s near east side are attending classes year round. The middle school will adopt a year- round program next fall. The schedule will basically be three months in school followed by a 4-5 week break in April, August and December. The number of instruction days will be about the same as on a traditional schedule.
Click here for more information on University Prep Science & Math and their year-round schedule.
Click here to see the interview with Margaret Trimer-Hartley, superintendent of University Prep Science & Math.