D.C. Lengthens School Year for Extended-Year Students

Students enrolled in the District’s extended-year public schools will be in classes for 200 days this school year, instead of the originally slated 180 days.

The schools system released the revised calendar earlier this year after receiving school and community feedback. The first day of classes for the 2017-18 extended term is Aug. 14.

DCPS currently enrolls more than 4,000 students in 11 extended-year schools, where they have more frequent breaks and are provided the opportunity to further explore and excel in a wide range of areas including art, music, physical education and foreign languages.

Schools operating under the longer calendar are reportedly located primarily in Wards 7 and 8, where the highest rates of poverty have been recorded.

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