Date Presented

Spring 4-14-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Access Type

1

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Roger Jones

Second Advisor

Dr. Katherine Gray

Third Advisor

Dr. John Walker

Abstract

Many years ago, discussions involving moving from a traditional agrarian calendar to a year-round educational system began to take place. Since then the idea of a year-round calendar has become more popular, and some schools have converted to a type of the year-round schedule. This paper examines the differences between the two calendars and the various types of year-round schedules. The transition from one calendar to another requires the consideration of many factors, with the educational pros and cons needing special attention. William Marvin Bass Elementary School in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Danville, Virginia, have both converted from a traditional calendar to the year-round calendar; this study looks at the results of this change. Both of these schools are located in small urban locales. The research shows that the switch to a year-round program has been to the educational benefit of the students at both schools, so it would be in the best interest of other urban school divisions to look closely at the data and take implementing a year-round calendar into consideration.

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