Dear IC Community,
For the past several years, the Directors and senior administration have discussed the benefits of revising the annual school calendar to begin all classes in early September rather than mid-September, and ending the school year the corresponding number of days earlier in June. The reasons include, but are not limited to:
1. An earlier September start date provides more time to prepare for official exams, some of which like IB exams, begin the first week of May, putting IC students at a disadvantage compared to many international schools that begin as early as mid- August. This represents the strongest and most important rationale for the change
2. All official exams take place well before the traditional end of classes in late June. Beginning the school year earlier in September and finishing a corresponding number of days earlier in June translates into much more productive school days for learning for students at all grade levels. Whereas most students are rested and ready to return in September, interest has waned and concentration is more difficult and less productive in June.
3. By the end of June, the hot weather adds to the disengagement of students
4. Many summer professional development conferences, workshops and teacher training institutes begin before the end of IC’s school year, prohibiting IC teacher’s participation (IC teacher responsibilities have traditionally finished around the end of the first week of July)
5. There would be no impact on the number of school days. We simply replace less productive school days in June with school days in September.
This proposal was shared with the President of both the Ain Aar and Ras Beirut parent committees and approved by the Ministry of Education. I also checked with the Teachers Association leadership that support the change, as they experience first-hand the distraction and lack of student concentration in June, as well as, the pressure to cover content before official exams commence. To comply with the two-month summer break for teachers, the last day of classes for students for this June will be on the 22nd instead of June 27. Teachers last day will be June 29 instead of July 5.
Next September’s start date will be September 3 for teachers and September 10 for all students.
Don Bergman, President