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Extended Learning Year (ELY)

GES is offering an Extended Learning Year (ELY) calendar for 2016-2017. Our ELY, which begins in August 2016, adds an additional 10 days of learning to the traditional school calendar while evenly distributing breaks throughout the school year.

With approximately six classrooms per grade level, one or two of them will be designated as ELY classrooms. This means that at each grade level we may have four classrooms operating on the traditional calendar with 180 instructional days and two classrooms operating on the ELY calendar with 190 instructional days. (Please note that on approximately 140 of the 190 days of the ELY calendar, both traditional and extended learning students will be in session together.)

We believe in choices for our families. Just as you choose multiage or traditional classroom placements, this too will be your family choice: Your child will be placed in an ELY classroom only if your family chooses to participate.

We do not yet have an approved ELY calendar for the 2016-2017 school, but a link to a draft version is included below.

Teacher selection for ELY and traditional calendars has not yet been determined.

If you wish to apply for the 2016-2017 Extended Learning Year, a link to the application can be found immediately below with other important information. The application deadline is March 15, 2016.

Some reasons why an ELY is beneficial for families:


  • Research tells us that students tend to forget a lot during the summer. Shorter breaks from school will increase the ability for students to retain information that they have learned.
  • Our ELY summer break will be 6 weeks compared to 11 weeks in the traditional calendar. Throughout the remainder of the school year, child care/enrichment programs called "intersessions" will be offered during the week-long breaks. (Intersessions will be offered when traditional calendar students are in session at a niminal fee.)
  • The ELY calendar offers several extended breaks throughout the year, allowing families more opportunities to travel.


External LinkELY v. traditional year statistics
External LinkNational Association of Year-Round Education

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