Crosswinds is a year-round school. The number of days children attend school is similar to a traditional nine-month calendar, but on our year-round calendar the days are arranged differently. Students attend school for approximately 45 days and then have a 7 to 15-day break called intersession. Crosswinds provides optional programming for at least one week of each intersession.
These intersession breaks fall in November, February, and April. The students also have a vacation in December. The month of July is our “summer break.”
Year-round schools are becoming popular as they:
- Eliminate the significant learning loss that occurs during the summer and with it the time that is spent reteaching each fall.
- Enable schools to set their schedule to best benefit the students.
- Allow students to receive remediation and enrichment immediately. The intersession is the perfect time to receive extra help for enrichment and creativity.
- Increase student interest in learning. Studies show that with regular breaks student interest remains high all year.
- Allow time for students whose primary language is not English to continue to develop language skills.
- Provide teachers with year-round opportunities for staff development.
Families enjoy the year-round calendar because it eliminates the long summer down-time, the rich intersession options mean we don’t have to hunt for “summer camp” opportunities, and the multi-week breaks in November, February, and May provide vacation opportunities during “off peak” tourism times when crowds are smaller and prices are lower.
Our media specialist, Leah Larson, has written a blog post for her blogging fellowship with MinnCAN on the benefits of year-round schooling. Click here to read it and share!