Two MoCo schools have a longer school year

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In an effort to stop students from forgetting much of what they learned during their summer break, Montgomery County Public Schools has chosen two elementary schools in Silver Spring to see if a longer school year, and therefore a shorter summer break, will lessen any backsliding.

In a pilot program that is expected to start in the 2018-2019 school year, students at Arcola and Roscoe Nix elementary schools will attend school from September 2018 through much of July 2019. 

The school year will be extended by four to six weeks, said MCPS spokesman Derek Turner.


Board of Education considers starting school a week early in 2017

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The Board of Education is considering moving the first day of the 2017-2018 school year up a week to Aug. 21 so Advanced Placement students have an extra week to prepare for AP exams.

The change would put Montgomery County Public Schools on schedule with 11 other school districts in Maryland, which are starting school the same week. These include Prince George’s, Baltimore and Frederick counties among others.

Board members considered comments from principals, teachers, district administrators and parents contributed input to discussions on the topic, according to Montgomery County Public Schools.

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