Summer vacation is one of the greatest perks of being a kid. Working chumps would gladly trade their corner cubicles for three months of freedom. And yet, as great as the summer vacation is, some kids don’t get to experience them.
Year-round schools are often touted as being more efficient and better for learning. It seems like they’ve been around a while, but I wondered how many American kids are actually enrolled in this system. Finding the answer took some work.
My first stop was the Department of Education‘s official site. There, I was able to locate some statistics on overall student enrollment but nothing specific to kids in year-round schools.
After several dead ends, I came across the National Association For Year-Round Education (NAYRE). The site offers a slew of statistics, including a chart on how many students go to school throughout the year.
According to NAYRE, a total of 2,764 public schools use year-round education programs. This translates to a student enrollment of roughly two million. California, by far, has the most schools with year-long enrollment with 1,322. Hawaii is next with 296.
So, about two million kids go to school all-year round. What percentage is this of the total student population? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, there are 49.8 million kids in public elementary and secondary schools. That means around 4% of publicly educated kids go to school all year long. Meanwhile, 96% of kids still run wild from June through August.
What are your thoughts on year-round education? Do you feel a summer vacation is a sacred thing for kids? Would you rather see your children stay on the education track all year and have several smaller vacations instead? Raise your hand and leave a comment below!
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