2017-18 Brooklyn, NYC Public School Calendar

Manhattan Bridge in the evening. Shot in Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn is known to have some of the best public schools in the city. Folks flock to brownstone Brooklyn for coveted spots in the local public schools. However, the secret is out and now there are wait lists for kindergarten classes. The citywide high school process has some schools that are tougher to get into than some of the best colleges in the country. The city has also increased the Pre-K system, to help meet the need of all parents. However, if you want to know when school is in session and when it's not, the new NYC DOE calendar has just been released for the upcoming school year.


Just want the highlights? The school year starts on Thursday, September 7th and ends on Tuesday, June 26th. Winter Break runs from December 25th-January 1st. Midwinter recess is from February 19th-23rd. Spring break is March 30th-6th. In recent years, the DOE has added additional holidays to the schedule including Eid al-Fitr on June 15th. 

For many years only Brooklyn and Queens students got Brooklyn/Queens day off, but now its been renamed Anniversary Day/Chancellor’s Conference Day and the entire school system is off. This takes place on Thursday, June 7th.  Other days off include September 21st and 22nd for Rosh Hashanah, October 9th for Columbus Day, and November 7th for Election Day.  And of course, Thanksgiving Break on November 23rd and 24th. Monday, January 15th is Martin Luther King Day and Lunar New Year is Friday, February 16th, and Monday, May 28th is Memorial Day.


There are certain days that are designated days off for Pre-K and for high school students, please check the calendar at the link above to get these specific dates. 

Please note that Brooklyn private schools follow a different schedule than public schools, so if you're in search of that schedule, you must contact the specific private school. The private school calendar usually has a spring break in March and school ends in early June. 

Family Friendly Activities

If you have kids in tow and want to have a break when NYC students are in school, this is a great schedule to have on hand. When the schools are out, there are often lines at the museums, etc. There are many reasons to visit Brooklyn with the kids. Although the borough might be known for artisanal eats and hipster flea markets, there are many engaging activities for kids.

Start your day exploring the many playgrounds of Brooklyn, where kids get to interact and learn many vital skills like how to work with others. If you aren't a fan of the outdoors or waiting for your child to get a swing, head to the Brooklyn Children's Museum. This historic children's museum often hosts various events on school breaks. Even if it isn't a school break, they always have regularly scheduled events each day. Or visit the Brooklyn Museum, and peruse the mummy collection. A fun way to spend the day is on the waterfront at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, where you can roller skate, kayak, go for a bike ride and eat pizza at a rooftop pizzeria with incredible views of lower Manhattan.


A day off from school doesn't have to be a day in front of the TV. Hope you enjoy your trip around Brooklyn and your days off from school. 

Edited by Alison Lowenstein

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