The 2020-21 school is almost over in the U.S., but when does the school year end internationally?
Another school year is wrapping up! While this year probably felt like the longest school year ever, how does the your school compare to schools in other countries around the world?
The school year in China typically runs from the beginning of summer to mid-July. Their school day is from around 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, with a two-hour lunch break during the day.
In Kenya, students go to school from around 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, plus they have a half day on Saturdays. The school year begins in January and goes until November. Students get breaks during the months of April, August, and December.
In Costa Rica, students typically go to school from February to December, with some vacation in July. Students are required to wear a uniform to school. Costa Rica is one of the top countries to invest in their public education system with about 7% of their GDP going to education.
Most schools in Japan operate on a trimester schedule, with the first trimester starting in April and going to mid-July. Students get breaks between the trimesters in the summer, fall, and spring. Japanese students go to school approximately 230 days a year.
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Mike taught Spanish and French for 16 years before joining Carnegie Learning. He's from Philadelphia and taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels and in both public and private school settings. He loves to travel and was fortunate to be able to take students abroad for many years. He also worked as a scoring leader for the Praxis French exam as an AP Spanish Language reader. As a Content Specialist, he is able to work with teachers and also help develop educational content materials for Carnegie Learning world language programs. He has presented at many regional and national conferences, including NECTFL, CSCTFL, and ACTFL.Explore more related to this author