The traditional school-year calendar with early morning start times and two or three month summer breaks was designed when many Americans lived on a farm. At the time, school calendars revolved around the harvesting and planting of crops so that children could be home to help during the busiest summer months. Year-round schools spend the same number of days in class as students in traditional calendar schools - the days are just arranged differently, with smaller, more frequent breaks throughout the year.
The Statesboro STEAM calendar is composed of four academic sessions of (two days each session are devoted to student/parent/teacher conferences), prior to and after these sessions, teacher planning days facilitate instructional needs. Each academic session is generally followed by a minimum fifteen-day hiatus.