Year-Round Schools Update May 2024

  • The Florida Department of Education has approved the district’s request to keep Metcalfe Elementary School on a traditional 10-month calendar while moving forward with a year-round schedule at Rawlings Elementary School for the 2024-25 school year.

    Under the year-round schedule, the first day of school for students at Rawlings Elementary will be Tuesday, July 16 of 2024. The complete year-round calendar is available on this site.

    Families currently zoned to Metcalfe Elementary School will have the option to stay at Metcalfe on the traditional 10-month calendar OR request consideration to attend Rawlings Elementary School on the year-round calendar.

    Families at any school in the district can submit an application for a zoning exception for their child to attend a school different than their zoned school if there is space available. More information on zoning exceptions is available at or by calling the Zoning Office at (352) 955-7700.

    Rawlings and Metcalfe were among five schools in Florida to receive approval in January to participate in the Year-Round School Pilot Program under a state law passed during the 2023 legislative session. Schools in Marion and Brevard County and P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville were also approved.

    In addition to Rawlings, Wyomina Park Elementary in Marion and Challenger 7 Elementary in Brevard will be switching to a year-round calendar for the upcoming school year. P.K. Yonge has shared that the earliest it would consider implementing year-round schooling would be in the 2025-26 school year.

    Under a year-round schedule, the school year starts earlier and breaks are distributed more evenly throughout the year. That eliminates the long summer break that leads to what is commonly referred to as the ‘summer slide,’ the learning loss that comes with an extended period with no school.

    Among the other potential benefits the pilot program would offer are more opportunities for ongoing academic support and targeted intervention, continuity in programs and structure and stronger bonds between students and staff.

2024-25 Year-Round School Calendars

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2024-25 Calendario para Año Escolar de Once Meses

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