How Many Weeks in a School Year

By | November 14, 2019

How Many Weeks in a School Year?

On average, there are between 175 to 180 school days in a year, which means there are between 25 and 25.7 full school weeks a year, and 40 weeks counting weekends and holidays. It’s important to note that the requirement of weeks per school year varies by state and grade level.



How many weeks are there in a school year in the UK?

39 weeks
There are usually around 39 weeks in a UK school year. The year is split into three terms. Spring term starts just after New year and ends at Easter.


How many 9 weeks are in a school year?

These 36 weeks are broken down into two semesters of 18 weeks each and often into four quarters (frequently known as “the first 9 weeks,” “the second 9 weeks,” etc.); the end of the first 9 weeks marks the mid-term of the fall semester, while the end of the third 9 weeks marks the mid-term of the spring semester.
Why is the school year 180 days?
The American school year is 180 days to follow the agrarian calender. … The American school year is 180 days to follow the agrarian calender. The idea being that your long summer would allow your school children to tend to the family farm during the harvesting season.








Table 5.14. Number of instructional days and hours in the school year, by state: 2020

State Minimum amount of instructional times
per school year (by grade, if applicable)
Minimum number of hours per school day School start/finish
In days 1 In hours
Alabama 180 2 1,080 6.0 (excludes lunch and recess) District option
Alaska 180 2 Grades kindergarten-3=740; grades 4-12=900 3 Grades 1-3=4.0; grades 4-12=5.0 (excludes intermissions) District option
Arizona 180 Half-day kindergarten=356; grades 1-3=712; grades 4-6=890; grades 7-8=1,000; grades 9-12=720 (excludes lunch and recess for grades kindergarten-8) 4 District option
Arkansas 178 5 6.0 per day, 30.0 per week Start on or after the Monday of the week in which 8/19 falls; no earlier than 8/14 and no later than 8/26
California 180 6 Kindergarten=600; grades 1-3=840; grades 4-8=900; grades 9-12=1,080 7 Kindergarten=3.0; grades 1-3=3.8; grades 4-12=4.0 7 District option
Colorado 160 Half-day kindergarten=435; full-day kindergarten=870; grades 1-5=968; grades 6-12=1,056 8 District option
Connecticut 180 Half-day kindergarten=450; full-day kindergarten=900; grades 1-12=900 9 District option
Delaware Grades kindergarten-11=1,060; grade 12=1,032 3.5 (excludes lunch) District option
District of Columbia 180 Grades 1-12=6.0 (includes lunch and recess) District option (single district)
Florida 180 2 Grades kindergarten-3=720; grades 4-12=900 District option
Georgia 180 or equivalent hours Grades kindergarten-3=4.5; grades 4-5=5.0; grades 6-12=5.5 District option
Hawaii 180 8, 10 1,080 10 District option (single district)
Idaho District option Kindergarten=450; grades 1-3=810; grades 4-8=900; grades 9-12=990 (excludes recess, lunch, and passing periods) 5 District option District option
Illinois 180 5 Half-day kindergarten=2.0; full-day kindergarten-1=4.0; grades 2-12=5.0 District option
Indiana 180 Grades 1-6=5.0; grades 7-12=6.0 District option
Iowa 180 2 1,080 Grades 1-12=6.0 per day or 30.0 per week (excludes lunch, includes passing periods) 5 Start no sooner than August 23 and no later than the first Monday in December
Kansas Grades kindergarten-11=186; grade 12=181 2 Kindergarten=465; grades 1-11=1,116; grade 12=1,086 5.0 District option
Kentucky 170 11 1,062 6.0 District option
Louisiana 177 2, 12 1,062 7 Grades 1-12=6.0 (excludes lunch, recess, passing periods, and parent-teacher conferences) 7 District option
Maine 175 13 Kindergarten=2.5; grades 1-12=5.0 14 District option
Maryland 180 1,080; 1,170 for public high schools 15 District option
Massachusetts 180 Kindergarten=425; grades 1-5=900; grades 6-12=990 (excludes lunch, recess, passing periods, homeroom, non-directed study periods and time spent receiving school services or participating in optional school programs) District option
Michigan 180 16 1,098 Start no earlier than Labor Day
Minnesota Grades 1-11=165 Kindergarten=425; full-day kindergarten=850; grades 1-6=935; grades 7-12=1,020 Start no earlier than Labor Day
Mississippi 180 5.5 District option
Missouri 5-day week=174; 4-day week=142 Kindergarten=522; grades 1-12=1,044 5-day week=3.0; 4-day week=4.0 Start no earlier than 10 days prior to the first Monday in September
Montana Half-day kindergarten=360; full-day kindergarten=720; grades 1-3=720; grades 4-11=1,080; grade 12=1,050 5 District option
Nebraska Kindergarten=400; grades 1-8=1,032; grades 9-12=1,080 District option
Nevada 180 5 Kindergarten=2.0; grades 1-2=4.0; grades 3-6=5.0; grades 7-12=5.5 (includes recess and time between lessons; excludes lunch) District option
New Hampshire 180 2,17 Kindergarten=450; grades 1-5=945; grades 6-12=990 17 Grades 1-5=5.8; grades 6-12=6.0 (may include up to 30 minutes of recess for grades 1-5) District option
New Jersey 180 Full-day kindergarten=2.5; grades 1-12=4.0 District option
New Mexico Half-day kindergarten=450; full-day kindergarten=990; grades 1-6=990; grades 7-12=1,080 18 Half-day kindergarten=2.5; full-day kindergarten=5.5; grades 1-6=5.5; grades 7-12=6.0 District option
New York 180 Half-day kindergarten=2.5; full-day kindergarten=5.0; grades 1-6=5.0; grades 7-12=5.5 District option
North Carolina 185 2 1,025 Start no earlier than Monday closest to 8/19 with approval, otherwise Monday closest to 8/26. Finish no later than Friday closest to 6/11.
North Dakota 175 5 Grades kindergarten-8=952; grades 9-12=1,038 Half-day kindergarten=2.8; full-day kindergarten=5.5; grades 1-6=5.5; grades 7-12=6.0 District option
Ohio District option Half-day kindergarten=455; full-day kindergarten=910; grades 1-6=910; grades 7-12=1,001 District option
Oklahoma 180 2 1,080 5 6.0 District option
Oregon Half-day kindergarten=450; full-day kindergarten=900; grades 1-8=900; grades 9-11=990; grade 12=966 (includes recess for grades kindergarten-3) 5 19 District option, but no fewer than 265 consecutive calendar days between first and last instructional day
Pennsylvania 180 2 Kindergarten=450; grades 1-8=900; grades 9-12=990 Kindergarten=2.5; grades 1-8=5.0; grades 9-12=5.5 District option
Rhode Island 180 2 1,080 Kindergarten=5.5; grades 1-12=6 District option
South Carolina 180 8 6.0 (elementary includes lunch) Start no earlier than third Monday in August
South Dakota District option Kindergarten=438; grades 1-5=875; grades 6-12=963 (includes intermission for elementary school) 20 District option
Tennessee 180 8 Kindergarten=4.0; grades 1-12=6.5 Start no earlier than 8/1
Texas 1,260 (includes intermissions and recesses) 7 7.0 Start no earlier than the fourth Monday in August
Utah 180 5 Kindergarten=450; grade 1=810; grades 2-12=990 Kindergarten=2.0; grades 1-12=4.0 District option
Vermont 175 8 Kindergarten=2.0 per day or 10 per week; grades 1-2=4.0 per day or 20 per week; grades 3-12=5.5 per day or 27.5 per week (includes recess for grades 1-8 and excludes lunch) Determined regionally
Virginia 180 2 Kindergarten=540; grades 1-12=990 Kindergarten=3.0; grades 1-12=5.5 (excludes lunch and recess) Start after Labor Day
Washington 180 Kindergarten=1,000; grades 1-8=1,000; grades 9-12=1,080 District option
West Virginia 180 Grades kindergarten-5=5.3; grades 6-8=5.5; grades 9-12=5.8 District option
Wisconsin Kindergarten=437; grades 1-6=1,050; grades 7-12=1,137 Start no earlier than 9/1
Wyoming 175 Kindergarten=450; elementary=900; middle/junior high=1,050; secondary=1,100 District option