B.C. School Calendar


Students in B.C. usually attend school from Monday to Friday during the school year. Typically the school year begins in September and ends in June.

During the school year you will not attend school during national and provincial holidays or other designated holidays. For example, you will not attend school on days when your teachers are away studying for professional development (usually called “Pro-D days”).

Your school will also be closed for two weeks during the Winter Break (which includes Christmas and New Year’s Day), and for one or two weeks during Spring Break.

Other national holidays are called Statutory Holidays. Some examples of statutory holidays are Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Here is an EXAMPLE of a school calendar for a school year:

(NOTE: calendars change from year to year and from district to district or independent school to independent school. Please check with your school district or independent school.)

August 25 to 27 Orientation and ESL Testing
August 26 to 28 Registration Appointments at Schools
September 5 Labour Day (No School)
September 6 School Begins
October 12 Thanksgiving (No School)
November 11 Remembrance Day (No School)
November 12 to 14 Fall Break (No School)
December 21 – January 3 Christmas Break (No School)
January 4 School Resumes
January 29 Final Day of Semester One
February 1 Orientation, Timetabling & ESL Testing
February 15 Family Day (No School)
February 18-19 Teacher’s Convention (No School)
March 11 Professional Development (No School)
March 25 – April 3 Spring Break (No School)
April 4 School Resumes
May 23 Victoria Day (No School)
June 29 Final Day for Students