2021-2022 Ann Arbor Public Schools Calendar

2021-2022 Ann Arbor Public Schools Calendar

The full 2021-2022 Ann Arbor Public Schools calendar is now mostly available. The district made an initial announcement with a few items like testing dates still to be announced..


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AAPS is planning for a full return to in person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. They also plan to continue to offer a fully virtual option for all grade levels.

Start Date

School is starting before Labor Day this year. The first day of school is Monday, August 30. It was important to shift the first day of school this year because the traditional first day of school (Tuesday after Labor Day) is Rosh Hashanah – one of the Jewish High Holy Days.

End Dates

The district has not officially announced the last day of school. However, my daughter’s principal sent out an email this week saying it is Friday, June 10.

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Major Breaks

In February 2017, Washtenaw Intermediate School District announced the dates for Winter and Spring Break through 2022. These dates are still on the Ann ArborPublic Schools calendar so I do not expect these to change when the final calendar is announced.

The 2021-2022 break schedule is:

  • Winter Break – Saturday, December 18-Sunday, January 2
    • Break starts after school on Friday, December 17
    • School Resumes on Monday, January 3
  • Saturday, March 26-Sunday, April 3
    • Break starts after school on Friday, March 25
    • School Resumes on Monday, April 4

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Thanksgiving is not included in the Major Breaks schedule at the WISD level. As it is most of a week, we are listing it here:.

  • Wednesday, November 24-Sunday, November 28

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Individual Days Off

Individual days off can vary from year to year as dates move on the calendar and circumstances differ. For example, presidential primary was a day off in 2020, Good Friday was not needed in 2021 as it fell during spring break.


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Below are the 2021-2022 Days Off as provided by my daughter’s principal and as announced by Dr Swift at the Board Meeting:

  • Labor Day Friday – Friday, September 3
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 6
  • Election Day – Tuesday, November 2
  • Martin Luther King, Jr Day – Monday, January 17
  • President’s Day – Monday, February 21
  • Good Friday – Friday, April 15
  • May Election Day – Tuesday, May 3
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 30

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Snow Days

In the 2020-2021 school year, Ann Arbor Public Schools only used one snow day as a sense of normalcy with virtual learning. It will be interseting to see if they use virtual days instead of snow days in 2021-2022.

Early Release Days (Half Days)

After several years with mutilple early release days, they have mostly disappeared from the 2021-2022 calendar.

Friday, October 29 is a half-day only for elementary students. The last day of school, June 10 is a half-day for elementary and middle school students.


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The district traditionally holds a transition half-day for 8th grade students to visit the high school they will attend. The other middle school students and high school students get out early that day. However, that is not on the current calendar released by the district. We will wait for the official calendar to see if it will be held in spring 2022.

Exams will again vary by high school with Skyline (and probably Pathways) returning to trimesters and the other high schools presumably staying with semesters.

Semester Schedule:

  • January 18-21
  • June 7-10 (last week of school)

Trimester Schedule:

  • November 19-23 (Friday, Monday, and Tuesday before Thanksgiving)
  • Wednesday-Friday, March 9-11
  • June 8-10 (last week of school)

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Testing 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). These days are typically in mid-October and early April after spring break. The current calendar released by the district says those dates will be coming soon.

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Bell Times

Bell times have changed for 2021-2022. The span between high school and elementary start times has gotten closer – from 71 minutes in 2019-2020 to 45 minutes in 2021-2022.

For many years, there has been a push to start school later for high school students. The all virtual start has allowed the high schools to start later. My daughter has definitely enjoyed the later high school start times in 2020-2021 particularly with not having a commute. While 8am is earlier than virtual start, it is still better than the 7:45a in ’19-20.


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2021-2022 Bell Times

  • Elementary Schools
    • Start Time: 8:45a
    • End Time: 3:48p
  • K-8 Schools (AA Open, A2Steam)
    • Start Time: 8:15a
    • End Time: 3:18p
  • Middle Schools
    • Start Time: 8:15a
    • End Time 3:03p
  • High Schools
    • Huron, Pioneer, Skyline
      • Start Time: 8:00a
      • End Time: 2:51p
    • Community
      • Start Time: 8:00a
      • End Time: 2:57-3:50p based on student’s schedule
    • Pathways
      • Start Time: 8:00a
      • End Time: 2:56p

2019-2020 Bell Times for Comparison

For comparison, the 2019-2020 school hours were:

  • 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
    • 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
      • 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
      • 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
      • Last Day: 7:45a-9:25a (make-up exams after 9:25a)

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Back to School Events

It remains to be seen how Back to School events will be handled in 2021-2022. Hopefully some events like Popsicles on the playground will be able to return. These typically happen the week before school starts – so I would suggest trying to be in town the week of August 23 if your child is starting a new school – or started a new school virtually last year and remained virtual. As a current 9th grader who remained virtual, my daughter is hoping to be able to attend an in person orientation before school starts in the fall.

I will say I enjoyed having curriculum night be virtual. It was easy to join in and would have been especially helpful when my daughter was younger.

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

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


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