Aug 25 First Day of School
Oct 12-13 Fall Break (school closed)
Nov 26-27 Thanksgiving Break (school closed)
Dec 17-Jan 5 Winter Break (school closed)
Jan 6 School Resumes
Feb 18-19 Mid-Winter Break (school closed)
Mar 22-26 Spring Break (school closed)
May 3 & 4 Golden Week Holiday (school closed)
May 5 Professional Learning Day (no school for students)
June 10 Last Day for ELC/ES/MS Students
June 10 High School Graduation
June 11 Last Day for Teachers & Staff
[Please note that many of the regular events normally held throughout the school year will be modified, postponed or cancelled in 2020-21 due to the impact of COVID-19.]
The school year follows an American-style, two semester, academic calendar beginning in late August and closing in mid-June. Holidays include a long weekend in October, a four-day weekend for Thanksgiving, a roughly three-week New Year’s vacation, two extra days in mid-winter, a week-long spring break and a short Golden Week holiday in May.
Each school year kicks off with orientations for new families and new teachers, the start of classes and lots of opportunities to reconnect with familiar faces and make new friends. In early September the PTA hosts a Welcome Coffee and later in the month Spirit Day—a Saturday packed with sports, fun activities and great food.
During the fall our Kindergartners dig sweet potatoes in the elementary school garden while older students enjoy the fall sports season. The community comes together to support our Annual Fun Run and to watch the Halloween Parade on campus. High School students perform their Fall Play in the Black Box and middle schoolers take to the main stage in the theater in a musical. The theater also plays host to our international VEX Robotics Tournament.
In early December, the PTA’s Winterfest sees over 3,000 members of our community celebrate the festive season with food, activities, shopping and performances.
Second semester our ELC students take part in Omochi Pounding and learn about Japanese New Year Traditions. Middle School extended campus trips explore Japan. Many of our athletics teams, student service and other co-curricular groups compete in overseas tournaments and activities.
A spring tradition for almost 60 years, the high school musical draws crowds in the theater. Each year over 100 students work tirelessly on stage and behind the scenes to entertain our community.
As the school year comes to a close our high school students sit their Advanced Placement Exams and many of our sports teams compete in the Far East Tournaments. The elementary school buzzes with excitement as students perform in the annual musical and the whole school comes together to celebrate our graduating class at the Senior Walk.