School Calendar

School Year Calendars

The school year dates are agreed upon by Seattle Public Schools (SPS) and Seattle Education Association (SEA). The school calendar is always developed in collaboration with the educators’ union.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, Seattle School Board voted to approve the revised 2022-23 school year dates.

Five days must be added to make up the delayed start of the school year. The five make up days are Feb. 2, June 27, 28, 29, and 30.

High school graduation ceremony dates will be rescheduled based on the updated 2022-23 school year calendar.

2022-23 School Year Dates

Current School Year

View start and end times for all schools. All schools have a 75-minute early release on Wednesdays, except the first day of school.

September 14 First day of school for all students. (Delayed from Sept. 7 for 1 – 12 grade and Sept. 12 for kindergarten and preschool.)

October 14 State In-service Day (no school for students)

November 11 Veterans Day (no school)

November 21-23 Elementary conference days (no school for elementary and K-8 schools; varies by school)

November 24-25 Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day (no school)

December 16 1-hour early dismissal

December 19-30, 2022 Winter break (no school)

January 2, 2023 New Year’s Day Observed (no school)

January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)

February 2 Strike make up day 1. School in session. (Feb. 2 was originally scheduled as the day between semesters.)

February 20-24 Mid-winter break including Presidents Day (no school)

April 10-14 Spring break (no school)

May 29 Memorial Day (no school)

June 19 Juneteenth (no school)

June 23 – 30 Graduation ceremony schedule. Please note, graduation dates may change with the revised calendar.

June 30 Last day of school; 1-hour early dismissal. Strike make up days 2-5.

  • Potential snow makeup dates July 3, 5, and 6.

Minimizing the Impact of Snow Days   

Seattle Public Schools and Seattle Education Association worked together to explore using technology so students can continue to learn from home during inclement weather/snow days. Read more about the remote learning plan for snow days.

2022-23 Term Dates


Semesters: High Schools, Middle Schools, K-8

  • Semester 1 September 14 – February 8
  • Semester 2 February 9 – June 30

Quarters: High Schools, Middle Schools, K-8

  • Quarter 1 September 14 – November 17
  • Quarter 2 November 18 – February 8
  • Quarter 3 February 9 – April 26
  • Quarter 4 April 27 – June 30

Trimesters: Elementary and K-8 Schools

  • Trimester 1 September 14 – December 12
  • Trimester 2 December 13 – March 29
  • Trimester 3 March 30 – June 30

2023-24 School Year Dates

Next School Year

The 2023-24 School Year Calendar has been approved by SPS and SEA.

September 6 First day of school for 1st – 12th grade students. Sept. 6 is not an early release Wednesday. Early release will occur every Wednesday except for the first week of school. 

September 11 First day of school for preschool and kindergarten students 

October 13 State In-service Day (no school for students) 

November 10 Veterans Day Observed (no school) 

November 20-22 Elementary conference days (no school for elementary and K-8 schools; varies by school) 

November 23-24 Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day (no school) 

December 15 1-hour early dismissal 

December 18-January 1, 2024 Winter break (no school) 

January 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)  

February 19-23 Mid-winter break, including Presidents Day (no school) 

April 8-12 Spring break (no school) 

May 27 Memorial Day (no school) 

June 19 Juneteenth (no school) 

June 21 Last day of school (1-hour early dismissal).  

  • Potential emergency closure makeup days are June 24-26. 

Approval and Planning School Year Dates

In January 2023, families and community provided feedback on SPS school year dates. Thank you to those who shared ideas! Read more about the community feedback for the school year calendar.

The school calendar is developed collaboratively with SEA and the dates are agreed upon in the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The formula to schedule key dates in the CBA states that the first day of school will be the first Wednesday of September.

The key dates formula was originally bargained in the 2015-18 CBA as a tool for staff and families so there would be consistency around calendars and dates weren’t arbitrarily set.

During the 2019 bargaining period, multiple joint workgroups between SPS and SEA were established, with one specifically organized to address inclusive considerations related to religious and cultural observations and practices. This workgroup developed supplemental materials and guidance to go along with the traditional school year calendar.

While not all religious/cultural events can be accommodated for, this guidance was created to serve as a reference for schools, families, and communities to be aware of potential schedule conflicts and excused absences and/or to make appropriate accommodations and supports for students and families on days of religious/cultural observances.

The religious and cultural observances identified in both the 2021-22 and 2022-23 Religion and Religious Accommodations documents, also highlights observances and traditions which involve fasting, which may have an impact on students’ abilities to perform at their highest level or be a reason for an absence from class.

Key Dates in the CBA

The below dates were negotiated as a part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

  • First day of school: The first Wednesday in September.
  • State In-service Day: As recognized by the state and typically the second Friday in October.
  • Winter break: At least 10 weekdays, ending after New Year’s Day. If New Year’s Day falls or is observed on a Monday, students will return to school on the next day (Tuesday).
  • Mid-winter break: Presidents’ Day and the following four workdays.
  • Spring break: Five days starting the second Monday in April.
  • Snow make-up days: At least three snow days shall be scheduled, including the day between semesters, and the first two days following the last day of school in June. Additional snow make-up days may be added in June if necessary
  • Holidays:
    • Labor Day (when school begins before this day in September)
    • Veterans Day (November)
    • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving (November)
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January)
    • Presidents’ Day (February)
    • Memorial Day (May)
  • Contractual Days: The four days immediately preceding the start of school, except for the Friday before Labor Day
  • Conferences: Three consecutive days for conferences immediately preceding Thanksgiving Day