Most schools in the Phoenix area start the fall session some time in late July through mid-August and end the spring session in mid-May through June.
There are more than 200 school districts in Arizona; in Maricopa County alone there are more than 55 school districts and more than 700 schools, organized into Union Districts (High Schools), Elementary Districts, Unified Districts (High School & Elementary), and Technical Institutes (High Schools).
As you might guess, they all have different starting dates and ending dates, and different vacation schedules! As a matter of fact, not all the schools in Maricopa County operate on the same calendar at all, with some being year-round schools.
When Does School Start in Arizona?
The current District Calendars can be accessed from this page. Find your child's school district and click on it. You'll be brought to that District's official website. Each District has a link somewhere on the main page for the calendar, which will show school starting dates, Fall Break, Winter Break, Spring Break dates, and the last day of school, so you can plan ahead. Typically the calendars are updated during the month of July.
What's that? You say you don't know which school district your child's school is in? Here are step-by-step instructions to help you find out.
Because schools are on different schedules, don't assume that those school zones don't apply to you just because your child is on vacation.
If there is a special school zone speed limit sign posted, obey it!