Read the latest news on year-round education in British Columbia from The Tyee here. Third in a three part series.

By Aleksandra Sagan, 4 May 2012, TheTyee.ca

© The Tyee

Read the latest news on year-round education in British Columbia from The Tyee here. Second in a three part series.

By Aleksandra Sagan, 3 May 2012, TheTyee.ca

© The Tyee

Read the latest news on year-round education in British Columbia from The Tyee here. First in a three part series.

By Aleksandra Sagan, 2 May 2012, TheTyee.ca

© The Tyee

The Vancouver School Board could launch a year-round school pilot project at several city schools as early as 2012/13, according to superintendent Steve Cardwell. Last year, trustees asked the district’s calendar committee to examine if educational advantages exist in having what’s known as a balanced calendar, which involves lengthening the school year, shortening the summer break and adding longer breaks between sessions.

Several schools in B.C.—including Richmond’s Spul’u’kwuks elementary, Maple Ridge’s Kanaka Creek elementary, Langley’s Douglas Park community school, and Glendale elementary in Williams Lake—offer year-round schools.

“We have not worked out what schools [would be involved] at this point, but we’ve been talking about the balanced school calendar—year-round schools—for a year or so now and believe that the old agricultural, industrial-based calendar that currently exists with long summers may not necessarily be the right thing for everyone,” Cardwell told the Courier. “We want to give another choice to parents and students. We are aware Maple Ridge and Richmond have schools with a balanced-year calendar and they have long lineups or waiting lists to get in and we think we should be looking at the same concept.”

Cardwell promised extensive consultation with parents and staff at schools that are considered for the pilot, including surveys and discussions about the structure of the calendar. “We have about 16,000 students taking summer school every year and it’s not just remedial anymore,” he said. “Students are actually going to school during summer, so there’s obviously a very strong interest among parents and students.” Cardwell expects at least three schools, located across the district, will be involved. They’ll likely be evaluated over three years to determine advantages and disadvantages and whether such a calendar should be adopted district-wide.

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The Vancouver School Board could launch a year-round school pilot project at several city schools as early as 2012/13, according to superintendent Steve Cardwell.

Last year, trustees asked the district’s calendar committee to examine if educational advantages exist in having what’s known as a balanced calendar, which involves lengthening the school year, shortening the summer break and adding longer breaks between sessions.

Several schools in B.C.—including Richmond’s Spul’u’kwuks elementary, Maple Ridge’s Kanaka Creek elementary, Langley’s Douglas Park community school, and Glendale elementary in Williams Lake—offer year-round schools.

“We have not worked out what schools [would be involved] at this point, but we’ve been talking about the balanced school calendar—year-round schools—for a year or so now and believe that the old agricultural, industrial-based calendar that currently exists with long summers may not necessarily be the right thing for everyone,” Cardwell told the Courier. “We want to give another choice to parents and students. We are aware Maple Ridge and Richmond have schools with a balanced-year calendar and they have long lineups or waiting lists to get in and we think we should be looking at the same concept.”

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