The full 2021-2022 Ann Arbor Public Schools calendar is now available. The district made an initial announcement with a few items like testing dates still to be announced..
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. They released a partial calendar on June 11, 2021. There are still a few dates left to announce – early release and state/national assessment dates. We will update when it is available.
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.
The last day of school is Friday, June 10.
In February 2017, Washtenaw Intermediate School District announced the dates for Winter and Spring Break through 2022. These dates are confirmed on the 2021-2022 calendar.
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
(Note: if you look at the AAPS calendar, they only list the school days off for example – December 20-24 and 27-31 – while we have included the weekends)
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
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.
Below are the 2021-2022 Days Off:
- Labor Day Friday – Friday, September 3
- Labor Day – Monday, September 6
- Election Day – Tuesday, November 2
- Martin Luther King, Jr Day – Monday, January 17
- Mid-Winter Break (President’s Day) – Monday, February 21
- Good Friday – Friday, April 15
- May Election Day – Tuesday, May 3
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 30
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)
The initial calendar release for the 2021-2022 school year only included the last day of school as an early release day for all grades and Friday, October 29 as an early release for elementary students. There was a note that early release dates would be announced later.
An additional 8 early release days for all ages and one more for middle and high school students were announced for 2021-2022.
- Wednesday, September 22 – All Students
- Wednesday, October 20 – All Students
- Friday, October 29 – Elementary Only, 11:28a release
- Wednesday, November 17 – All Students
- Wednesday, January 26 – All Students
- Wednesday February 16 – All Students
- Wednesday, March 16 – All Students
- Wednesday, April 20 – All Students
- Thursday, May 5 – Middle & High School Students
- Wednesday, May 18 – All Students
- Friday, June 10 – 1/2 Day
Standard Early Release Schedule
- Elementary (K-5) – 1:18p
- K-8 Schools – 12:48p
- Middle Schools – 12:33p
- High School – 12:21p
This year AAPS has included the hours for the last day of school on the calendar. I’m so glad to see them added. I used to look for them every year and wouldn’t find out until the week before.
- Elementary (K-5) – 11:28a
- K-8 Schools – 10:47a
- Middle Schools – 10:43a
- High School – 9:40a (make-up exams held after)
High School Exams
Exams will again vary by high school with Skyline and Pathways returning to trimesters and the other high schools staying with semesters.
Semester Schedule (Huron, Pioneer, & Community):
- Tuesday-Friday, January 18-21
- Tuesday-Friday, June 7-10 (last week of school)
Trimester Schedule (Skyline & Pathways):
- Friday, Monday & Tuesday, November 19, 22, 23
- Wednesday-Friday, March 9-11
- Wednesday-Friday, June 8-10 (last week of school)
Testing Days for Middle & High School
There are several days that standardized testing is offered for high school students. The students who are not testing on those days have a late start.
- Wednesday, October 13 – 11th grade PSAT/NMSQT, late start for 9th, 10th, & 12th
- Wednesday, April 13 – 8th grade PSAT – Late start for 6th & 7th
- Wednesday, April 13 – 11th grade SAT, 9th/10th PSAT, late start for 12th & 9th & 10th graders not testing
- Thursday, April 14 – 11th WorkKeys, 9th/10th PSAT, late start for 12th & 9th & 10th graders not testing
Bell times have changed for 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. Meanwhile, elementary schools are starting a bit earlier than in the past. This has considerably narrowed the span between high school and elementary start times – from 71 minutes in 2019-2020 to 45 minutes in 2021-2022. I hope the bus transportation can be worked out.
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.