2019-2020 Ann Arbor Public Schools Calendar

The 2019-2020 Ann Arbor Public Schools calendar is now on the district’s website.

2019-2020 Ann Arbor Public Schools Calendar

Check out the 2019-2020 calendar on the district’s website. Beyond 2019-2020, Winter and Spring Breaks have been announced through the 2021-2022 school year.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools Calendar Highlights

The 2019-2020 Ann Arbor Public Schools Calendar is somewhat similar to the 2018-2019 calendar. However, there is one major change. Last year, there was a 4 day weekend for President’s Day. In 2020, there is not even a 3 day weekend. Yes, there will be school on President’s Day in 2020.

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Start and End Dates

As normal, school starts the Tuesday after Labor Day – Tuesday, September 3. School ends on Friday, June 12*.

*Pending the need to add snow days beyond the state allotment.

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Back to School Events

In addition to the first day of school, there are several important dates at each school.

Ann Arbor Back to School Events - Curriculum Nights, Registration & Welcome Events

Many elementary schools now offer a Meet and Greet with teachers and classmates.. There are also playdates scheduled for incoming Young5s and Kindergarteners.

Before school starts, the middle and high schools each have a registration in mid-August. Additionally, high school sports and band often have events or camps in August.


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Once school starts, each school has a curriculum night scheduled for a weeknight in September.

Be sure to check out our list of Back to School Events and our whole Back to School Guide.

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Major Breaks

In February 2017, Washtenaw Intermediate School District announced the dates for Winter and Spring Break through 2022.

The 2019-2020 break schedule is:

  • Saturday, December 21-Sunday, January 5
    • Break starts after school on Friday, December 20
    • School Resumes on Monday, January 6
  • Saturday, March 28-Sunday, April 5
    • Break starts after school on Friday, March 27
    • School Resumes on Monday, April 6

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Individual Days Off

There are some scattered individual days off for holidays and election days. School is closed on the following days:

  • Election Day – Tuesday, November 5
  • Martin Luther King, Jr Day – Monday, January 20
  • Presidential Primary – Tuesday, March 10
  • Good Friday – Friday, April 10
  • May Election Day – Tuesday, May 5
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 25

I am really surprised that the Presidents Day holiday was dropped and school is still closed on Good Friday. However, I did hear that it is a difficult day to find subs.

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Early Release Days (Half Days)

There is one less early release day on the 2019-2020 calendar when compared to 2018-2019. Last year, there was also an early release day in January.

  • Wednesday, September 25
  • Wednesday, October, 23
  • Wednesday, February 25
  • Wednesday, May 20
  • Friday, June 12

In May middle and high schoolers have a half-day Transition day for 8th graders to visit their high school in the afternoon. If you have an 8th grader, plan for them to be busy the entire school day. For 6-7 graders and high schoolers, they will have the afternoon off.

  • Thursday, May 7 – Transition Day

The high schools also have half-days around exams. Skyline and Pathways are on a trimester and have their exams:

  • November 22, 25-26
  • March 11-13
  • June 10-12

The other high schools have semester exams. Hopefully these won’t be as impacted by weather related school closings as they were in 2019.

  • January 21-24
  • June 9-12

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Late Start Days for High School

There are typically several late start days for high school for PSAT/SAT testing. (Luckily for the test takers they don’t have to take them on Saturday like I did in high school). The 2019-2020 schedule is:

  • Wednesday, October 16 – 11th grade takes the PSAT/NMSQT, Late Start for 9th, 10th, and 12th grades
  • April 14 – Late Start for Middle & High School Students not taking PSAT/SAT
  • April 15 – Late start for HS Students not taking PSAT/WorkKeys Testing

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Bell Times

The School Day hours have not changed for 2019-2020. Note Carpenter Elementary is expanding to a K-8 over the next couple of years. They were initially scheduled to add a 6th grade this year, but in July decided to postpone the expansion until next year to work out more details. One of the largest questions surrounding the expansion was whether they would switch to the K-8 schedule with the addition of 6th or stay on the elementary school schedule.

  • Elementary Schools
    • Regular Day: 8:56a-3:59p
    • Early Release Day: 8:56a-1:29p
    • Last Day: 8:56a-11:39a
  • K-8 Schools (AA Open, A2Steam)
    • Regular Day: 8:19a-3:22p
    • Early Release Day: 8:19a-12:52p
    • Last Day: 8:19a-10:54a
  • Middle Schools
    • Regular Day: 8:19a-3:07p
    • Early Release Day: 8:19a-12:37p
    • Delayed Start: 11:30a (on April 14 for students not testing)
    • Last Day: 8:19a-10:47a
  • High Schools
    • Huron, Pioneer, Skyline
      • Regular Day: 7:45a-2:36p
      • Early Release Day: 7:45a-12:06p
      • Exam Days: 7:45a-11:35a
      • Delayed Start on October 16: 11:15a (for students not testing)
      • Delayed Start on April 14: 1p (for students not testing)
      • Delayed Start on April 15: 11:45a (for students not testing)
      • Last Day: 7:45a-9:25a (make-up exams after 9:25a)
    • Community
      • Regular Day: 7:45a-2:42p
      • Early Release Day: 7:45a-11:50p
      • Exam Days: TBD
      • Delayed Start on October 16: 11:15a (for students not testing)
      • Delayed Start on April 14: 1p (for students not testing)
      • Delayed Start on April 15: 11:45a (for students not testing)
      • Last Day: 7:45a-9:25a (make-up exams after 9:25a)
    • Pathways
      • Regular Day: 7:45a-2:39p
      • Early Release Day: 7:45a-12:06p
      • Exam Days: TBD
      • Delayed Start on October 16: 11:15a (for students not testing)
      • Delayed Start on April 14: 1p (for students not testing)
      • Delayed Start on April 15: 11:45a (for students not testing)
      • Last Day: 7:45a-9:25a (make-up exams after 9:25a)

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2020-2021 Calendar

The 2020-2021 calendar will likely not be released until spring. However, the Winter and Spring Break Schedule has been announced through 2021-2022. With my daughter starting High School next year, I am taking note of typical high school dates in August and planning accordingly.

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