MARIETTA — Most students in Cobb County will start school around the same time as last year and follow the same holiday schedule.
Students at The Walker School in Marietta will see the biggest change. They will go back to school Aug. 13, five days later than last year, under what is commonly known as the balanced calendar. The school also shortened the winter break and moved it from March to February.
Jack Hall, Walker’s head of school, said most parents were pleased with the changes.
School administrators also decided that Thanksgiving will be observed Nov. 21 through 23; Christmas holiday will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2013; winter break will run Feb. 14 through 18, 2013; and spring break will be April 8 through 12, 2013. Graduation will be on May 18, 2013, and the last day of school will be May 24, 2013.
Walker serves students in Pre-K through 12th grade. The school anticipates enrolling just over 1,000 students for the next school year.
Cobb Schools, which will observe the traditional calendar for the second year in a row, will start classes Aug. 13, a Monday.
The schools will be closed Nov. 19 through 23 for Thanksgiving; Dec. 21 through Jan. 4, 2013, for winter holidays; and April 8 through 12, 2013, for spring break. The last day of school for students will be May 23, 2013.
Marietta City Schools starts Aug. 9, a Thursday. The district will keep the same breaks for Thanksgiving and spring break but will start the winter break Dec. 24. The last day of school is May 24, 2013.
Mt. Paran Christian School in Kennesaw will start Aug. 8. Thanksgiving will be Nov. 19 through 23; Christmas break will be Dec. 19 through Jan. 2, 2013; winter break will be Feb. 15 through 18, 2013; and spring break will be April 8 through 12, 2013. The last day of school will be May 24, 2013.
The school serves students in K3 through 12th grade and expects to have about 1,216 students enrolled next year.
North Cobb Christian School in Kennesaw will start school Aug. 10, a Friday, for K3 through second grade students and Aug. 13 for third through 12th graders.
The school will be closed for a fall break Sept. 17 through 19; for Thanksgiving, Nov. 19 through 23; for Christmas, Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2013; for winter break, Feb. 18 through 20, 2013; and for spring break, April 8 through 12, 2013. The last day of school is May 31, 2013.
The school serves students in K3 through 12th grade and expects an enrollment of 860 students.
Dominion Christian School in Marietta will start school with a half-day on Aug. 10, with school being held between 8 a.m. and noon. The first full day of classes will be Aug. 13.
The Thanksgiving break will run Nov. 19 through 23; Christmas, Dec. 24 through Jan. 7, 2013; winter break, Feb. 15 through 18, 2013; and spring break, April 8 through 12, 2013. The last day of school is May 21, 2013, for middle schoolers and May 24, 2013, for high schoolers.
The school serves students in sixth through eighth grades and anticipates an enrollment of about 260 students.
Whitefield Academy in Smyrna will start school Aug. 14, a Tuesday. The students will be out for Thanksgiving Nov. 21 through 23; Christmas, Dec. 24 through Jan. 4, 2013; and spring break, March 4 through 8, 2013. The last day of school for lower school students is May 23, 2013, and May 24, 2013, for middle and upper school students.
Whitefield Academy serves students in K4 through 12th grade. Next year, they expect to have 660 students enrolled.
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