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Countdown to Learning: 2024-2025 Ann Arbor School Calendar

Are you looking for next year’s Ann Arbor School calendar? The full calendar is not typically released until summer. But, some basic information is available. After years of covering the Ann Arbor Public Schools calendar (and 13 years as an AAPS parent), I have some good guesses for the calendar.

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Make Plans with the 2023-2024 Ann Arbor Public Schools Calendar

Are you looking for the 2023-2024 Ann Arbor Public Schools calendar? The full calendar was finally added to the district website on July 14 and updated on August 18. If...

My Experience Predicting Ann Arbor School Calendar

I have been covering the AAPS calendar and making predictions for about 10 years. This year is a bit different as I won’t have a child in AAPS – my daughter graduates in June 2024.

This year’s calendar is harder to predict. The 2023-2024 calendar had a few shakeups with the addition of a fall break and the return of mid-winter break. They will probably take feedback on those breaks into consideration in designing next year’s Ann Arbor school calendar.

With the new superintendent coming from inside the district, I don’t foresee a big shakeup to the traditional calendar that we might have seen with a new superintendent. And, there is always the possibility of the state changing the school year requirements again.

First Day of School for 2024-2025 in AAPS

When do Michigan schools start? Traditionally, school started the Tuesday after Labor Day and that is still the standard. However, districts can apply for a waiver to start in August. Ann Arbor Schools has had a waiver to start early since 2020-2021.

We predict that Ann Arbor Public Schools will continue this trend. My advice is to plan your vacations for a pre-Labor Day start and plan (flexible) child care for a post-Labor Day start.

The last few years the first day of school has been confirmed in spring.

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Other Dates in August

High school students involved in band/orchestra or a fall sport will have activities through August.

High School orientations typically take place about a week and a half before school starts. At Orientation students get their student IDs, class schedule, books (if any), and can get a parking pass. If a student misses orientation, there will be another opportunity to complete orientation. I would definitely try to make these especially if your child is new to the school or they have a complicated schedule.

Some elementary schools hold welcome back events the week before school starts. Some host the whole school, while others host just new students.

Last Day of School for 2024-2025 in AAPS

Based on this year’s calendar & historical dates, our best guess for the last day of school is June 12 or 13. Traditionally school always ended on a Friday, but moved to Thursday June 13, 2023..

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Major Breaks on the 2024-2025 AAPS Calendar

In May 2021, Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD) approved the dates for Winter and Spring Break through 2026 including the 2024-2025 school year.

The 2024-2025 break schedule is:

  • Winter Break – Saturday, December 21-Sunday, January 5
    • Break starts after school on Friday, December 20
    • School Resumes on Monday, January 6
    • Check out Winter Break Camps
  • Saturday, March 22-Sunday, March 30
    • Break starts after school on Friday, March 21
    • School Resumes on Monday, March 31
    • Check out our Spring Break Camp Guide

(Note: when AAPS releases their calendar, they typically only list the school days off for example – March 24-28 – while we have included the weekends)

Predictions for Minor Breaks on the Ann Arbor School Calendar Next Year

For 2024-2025, we expect several minor breaks of less than a week, but more than a 3 day weekend.

Labor Day – August 30-September 2

Every year that AAPS has started before Labor Day, they have had a 4 day weekend for Labor Day. That would mean AAPS would be closed on Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2 with school resuming on Tuesday, September 3.

It is nice to ease into the school year with two 4 day weeks separated by a 4 day weekend.

Thanksgiving – November 27-December 1

Ann Arbor Public Schools has been closed Wednesday-Friday for Thanksgiving the entire 13 years my daughter attended. I do not foresee any changes.

Thanksgiving is November 28. Plan for 2024 Thanksgiving Break to be Wednesday November 27 through Sunday, December 1 resuming on Monday, December 2.

Students at Skyline and Pathways typically have a true break over Thanksgiving! Trimester 1 finals are typically the Friday-Tuesday before Thanksgiving with Trimester 2 starting when they return.

Fall Break

AAPS adds a fall break for the first time in my memory in 2023-2024. It was the week after Indigenous Peoples Day (October 14-17) and partially coincided with UMs fall break.

I am not confident Fall Break will stick around. If it returns, I hope to see it October 11-14. This would provide at least partial overlap with UM’s Fall Break (10/14-15), Indigenous Peoples Day, Canadian Thanksgiving, and Yom Kippur (Saturday, October 12)

Mid-Winter Break

They also return a mid-winter break although in a different form than in the past. It is a 5 day weekend (Friday-Tuesday around Presidents Day). This mid-winter break matches what other districts in the county offer (Saline and Dexter)

Mid-Winter break was originally the week of UM’s spring break (prior to 2009 or so). Then it was the whole week of President’s Day. About 7-10 years ago, it started shrinking to just a 3 day weekend as the state added days to the school calendar.

Individual Days Off

I am confident that AAPS will continue to be closed on Election Days, Martin Luther King Jr Day, and Memorial Day. My best guess is that Presidents Day will be either a day off or part of mid-winter break.

AAPS typically has off for Good Friday (the Friday before Easter) on years when it does not fall during spring break. We are assuming this trend will continue this year..

  • Election Day – Tuesday, November 5 – 95% confidence
  • Martin Luther King Jr Day – Monday, January 20 – 95% confidence
  • Presidents Day – Monday, February 17 (if not included in mid-winter break) – 75%
  • Good Friday – Friday, April 18 – 50%
  • May Election Day – Tuesday, May 6 – 90% confidence
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 26 – 99% confidence

Make sure to check out our full list of school break camps if you need child care on days off from school. This list will be updated for the 2024-2025 school year in fall 2024 as camps are announced. Historically most camps were not announced until after summer camps end. In a post-pandemic world, we have noticed that most camps are announced gradually through the school year – one break at a time.

Ann Arbor School Break Camps

Child Care Solved: School Break Camps near Ann Arbor

When schools are off for a day or a week, many parents are looking for child care options. There are typically a number of options for School Break Camps near...

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Snow (& Other Last Minute) Days Off

The AAPS schedule typically has 6 built in “snow” days on the calendar. If the district goes over the 6 days, they either need to add days at the end of the year or ask the state for forgiveness.

While snow days is their typical use, they have been used for various purposes throughout the years. In recent years “snow” days have been used for widespread power outages, staffing shortages across the district due to illness, and in the wake of the Oxford School Shooting.

Hopefully for 2024-2025 these will only be needed for snow days

Early Release Days

The last day of school has always been an early release day in my daughter’s 11 years at AAPS. Her first few years, that was the only early release day. The district has been adding days in recent years. We expect their to continue to be about 7 early release days plus selective early release days to allow for middle and high school transition activities.

We hope they will continue to use the single schedule early release day that they used in 2023-2024 instead of a combination of half-days and early release days using different schedules.

2023-2024 Early Release Days:

  • Wednesday, September 27 – All Students
  • Tuesday, October 31 – All Students
  • Wednesday, December 6 – All Students
  • Wednesday, January 31 – All Students
  • Wednesday, March 6 – All Students
  • Thursday, April 10 – All Students
  • Thursday, April 30 – Early release for HS, Transition day for 8th grade
  • Thursday, May 2 – Early release for MS, Transition day for 5th grade.
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Early Release for All Students
  • Thursday, June 13 – Last Day of School 1/2 Day

High School Exams

Typically, Skyline and Pathways are on a trimester schedule with Huron, Pioneer, and Community on a semester schedule. This leads to different exam days.

High school exams are scheduled in the morning with 2 exams a day. Students are dismissed after their last exam.

Trimester Exams (Skyline & Pathways)

Trimester 1 typically ends before Thanksgiving. It is nice for the kids to have Thanksgiving break knowing exams are over.

2023 exam schedule:

  • Trimester 1 – Friday, November 17, Monday-Tuesday November 20-21
  • Trimester 2- Wednesday-Friday, March 6-8
  • Trimester 3- Tuesday-Thursday, June 11-13

Semester Exams (Huron, Pioneer & Community)

Typically Semester 1 exams are the Tuesday-Friday of MLK day. Semester 2 exams are the last 4 days of school.

2023 exam schedule

  • Semester 1 – Tuesday-Friday January 16-19
  • Semester 2 – Monday-Thursday, June 10-13

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Testing Days for Middle & High School

There are several days that standardized testing is offered for high school students. The high school students who are not testing on those days have a late start.

2023-2024 dates

  • Wednesday, October 11
    • High School – 11th grade PSAT/NMSQT, late start for those not testing (9th, 10th, & 12th plus 11th not taking the exam)
  • Thursday, April 11
    • Middle School – 8th grade PSAT, late start for 6th & 7th
    • High School – 11th grade WorkKeys, 9th or 10th PSAT, late start for 12th & 9th/10th graders not testing
  • April 17
    • High School – 11th grade SAT, 9th or 10th PSAT, late start for 12th & 9th/10th graders not testing

The 11th grade SAT, and WorkKeys are graduation requirements. Other testing can be opted out.

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Ann Arbor Public Schools Bell Schedule

AAPS Bell times were the same for 2023-2024 as they were in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 – a rarity in my daughter’s years in AAPS. Bell times changed significantly for 2021-2022 compared to both the virtual year and pre-pandemic schedules. We will have to wait for 2024-2025 bell times to be confirmed.

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AAPS Bell Schedule for 2023-2024

The Ann Arbor Public Schools Bell Schedule for 2023-2024 has not significantly changed from 2022-2023 which was similar to 2021-2022! That is a rarity in my daughter's now 12 years...

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When Can we Expect the Full AAPS 2024 Calendar?

Winter and Spring break schedules are released in 5 year blocks through the 2025-2026 school year.

Last year, the full AAPS Academic calendar was not added to the district website until July 14. The first day of school was announced in spring.

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