Swan School - Our Balanced Calendar

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Published on February 28, 2014

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Since 1983 Swan School has been providing creative independent education for families in Port Townsend and the surrounding area. In 2012 Swan School enhanced its strong program by balancing the school calendar. Instead of 3 short school breaks followed by a long summer break, Swan School students have 4 similar length breaks followed by a 5 week summer break. This means that school terms are of roughly equal length and allow learning to take place in all seasons. Research has shown that a balanced academic calendar allows students to experience continuous progress and generally outdistance their peers.

BALANCED CALENDAR Swan School Friday, February 28, 2014

TRADITIONAL SCHOOL CALENDAR The school calendar was originally designed to allow children to work on family farms during the busiest times of the agricultural year. Friday, February 28, 2014

MEETING CHILDREN’S NEEDS The question must be asked, “Does a traditional school calendar best support children’s educational needs today?” Friday, February 28, 2014

DEMOGRAPHICS In Jefferson County approximately 5% of the population is employed in agriculture, forestry, fishing, or hunting. Friday, February 28, 2014 Currently there are over 313,000,000 people living in the United States. Of that population, less than 1% claim farming as an occupation. In 2013 Swan School had 2 families whose livelihood revolved around fishing representing approximately 3% of the student body.

RESEARCH Nearly all studies have shown positive results when schools instituted a balanced calendar. Positive academic achievement, especially in math and reading Improved overall school climate Reduced burnout Improved attendance Friday, February 28, 2014

WHAT TEACHERS NOTICE There is a better flow of time in school and time out of school. Students show increased information retention. The calendar supports a more individualized education. There is more flexibility for experiential education, especially in regards to outdoor education. A chance to work with community educators and artists without competing with other school programs. Provides positive support of children’s social well-being as they are not separated from their school peers for an extended summer break. Friday, February 28, 2014

WHAT IS A BALANCED CALENDAR? A balanced calendar is a restructuring of the school year to provide balance between learning and vacation periods. Friday, February 28, 2014

COMPARISON Friday, February 28, 2014

SWAN SCHOOL’S BALANCED CALENDAR 8 week sessions followed by 2 week breaks. Balanced Calendar Winter Break Winter and summer breaks are longer. Winter break is approximately 3 weeks long. Summer break is approximately 5 weeks in length. Friday, February 28, 2014 Late Winter Term Winter Term March Break Fall Break Spring Term Fall Term Spring Break Summer Break Summer Term

BENEFITS TO STUDENTS A balanced calendar facilitates continuous learning as students are never out of school for a long period of time. As a result, children forget less over the shorter breaks and teachers spend less time reviewing prevacation material. Friday, February 28, 2014

BENEFITS TO STUDENTS A balanced calendar gives children a chance to learn in all seasons, not just during fall, winter and spring. This is key to Swan School’s educational program where learning experiences away from the classroom are valued as an essential part each child’s education. Friday, February 28, 2014

SWAN SCHOOL LEARNING IN ALL SEASONS Fall Friday, February 28, 2014

SWAN SCHOOL LEARNING IN ALL SEASONS Winter Friday, February 28, 2014

SWAN SCHOOL LEARNING IN ALL SEASONS Spring Friday, February 28, 2014

SWAN SCHOOL LEARNING IN ALL SEASONS Summer Friday, February 28, 2014

SWAN SCHOOL Learning in All Seasons Friday, February 28, 2014

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