Here at Triangle House Hunters we completely understand the importance of your child’s education. Many people are moving here to take advantage of the area’s schools. In fact, a lot of future homeowners narrow their search options so that our listing alerts only send properties that feed into their school of choice. So in addition to having all the up to date school ratings, we also decided to go a step further to find out what other options your family has here in the Triangle. If you are relocating here or just changing school districts, you may have the option of sending your children to a year round school. It seems to be an ongoing debate as to whether or not a year-round schedule is better than the traditional calendar schedule most of us are use to. We don’t like to pick sides here at Triangle House Hunters, rather we’d give you some key facts and pros and cons so you and your kids can decide whether you’ll be vacationing year round or driving cross country all summer long.
The Year-Round Schedule begins in mid-July and utilizes a 45/15 schedule. This means for 45 days students are in session, followed by 15 days (three weeks) of vacation. Regular Holidays are still permitted such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The year-round schedule has four different tracks. This allows for students to be in session at all times throughout the year. Schools who operate on the year-round schedule operate on a Multi-Track System, which utilizes all 4 tracks, or a Track Four schedule. The Track Four schedule is only the 4th track of the Multi-Track system).
There are several benefits of year-round schooling such as:
1. It allows for smaller class sizes while accommodating the growing population of the Triangle.
2. The continuous instructional schedule is favorable for children with learning disabilities.
3. Having frequent breaks throughout the year can be less stressful for students.
There are also problems that can arise with year-round schooling, such as:
1. May cause scheduling conflicts for families with multiple children.
2. Parents may need to rearrange their traditional work schedules to accommodate the different track systems.
3. Can be difficult to plan family vacations if children are “tracked out” at different times. With the multi-track system, the breaks for different children may occur at different times.