Year Round School
In 2017, The Sparta Board of Education adopted a Year Round School pilot program at Maplewood Elementary School. This is part of the School Board’s Strategic Plan: “Expand learning environments to meet the diverse needs of students and their families.” Students who will be in kindergarten through 4th grade for the 2019-20 school year are being sought to continue this voluntary pilot program.
The enrollment form can be found at the bottom of this page along with an additional handout of information. The program is a “multi-track” with our two “Year Round” classrooms following the balanced calendar, and all other classrooms at Maplewood following the traditional calendar. The number of students enrolled may dictate a multi-age classroom(s) (ex: K/1st, 2nd/3rd etc.).
The Maplewood program calls for a rotation of approximately 45 days of school starting in September, followed by approximately 15 school days off. There are also 21 weekdays off after the 4th quarter in August 2020. By shortening the breaks between sessions, students should retain skills and information better and less time is spent on review – stopping the “summer slide.” In addition, during the 15-day break, there will be five consecutive days of intersession opportunities for academic support and enrichment. A student would not need to wait until Camp Sparta summer school to receive the immediate interventions or extensions needed. With a balanced calendar, we can be responsive to students’ needs in a more timely manner.
With a balanced 45-15 calendar, students do not have to go to school any more days than they would with a traditional calendar – traditional and balanced school calendars each have 176 days of school. Students will have the same amount of days off only there would be four breaks throughout the year rather than one long summer break. Students follow the same curriculum and are provided with the same educational programs.
We understand a balanced calendar may not be an option for your family for a number of reasons. However, all students could benefit from a balanced calendar and it may be a great option for some families. The Year Round program at Maplewood is another voluntary option for families, and not a district-wide initiative.
Please return the form to your school secretary or the District Office, 201 E. Franklin St., Sparta.
If you have questions or need more information, please contact: