DepEd: Official School Calendar For School Year 2015-2016

The Department of Education (DepEd) has published in its website the official school calendar for School Year (SY) 2015-2016.

The school year will officially open on Monday, June 1, 2015 and shall end on Friday, April 1, 2016. The school year consists of Two Hundred One (201) class days. This is inclusive of the 5-day semestral break. The parent-teacher conferences shall be held on the second or third Saturday after every quarterly examination. The conference is intended to apprise the parents on the progress of performance of their children and ensure parental involvement in school activities. The last week of every quarter shall be the culmination of students’ outputs and performances in order to demonstrate attainment of performance standards at all grades/year levels. To ensure quality in the school operation and actual teaching-learning, a 180-day non-negotiable contact time for teachers, and the physical presence of school heads is expected every school day, even during attending official business, the 201 days shall be enforced.

The important dates for SY 2015-2016 are as follows:

2015 June 1 First day of classes
June 20 First Parent-Teacher Conference
August 6-7 First Quarterly Examinations
August 15 Distribution of Report Cards
Second Parent-Teacher Conference
August 26 National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE)
for K to 12–Grade 9
October 15-16 Second Quarterly Examinations
October 26-30 Semestral break (for students only)
October 24 Distribution of Report Cards
Third Parent-Teacher Conference
December 19 Start of the Christmas break
2016 January 4 Resumption of classes
January 7-8 Third Quarterly Examinations
January 23 Distribution of Report Cards
Fourth Parent-Teacher Conference
March 2 National Achievement Test (NAT)
for Secondary – Grade 10 students
March 3-4 Fourth Quarterly Examinations
for Grade 6 and Grade 10 students
March 8 LAPG
for Grade 3 elementary students
March 10 NAT
for Grade 6 elementary students
March 17-18 Fourth Quarterly Examinations
for Grades 1-5 and Grades 7-9 students
April 1 Last day of classes
April 4-8 Distribution of Report Cards

National, Local holidays

The department order also lists down the national holidays that fall on a weekday. There will be no classes in the following dates:

2015 June 12 Independence Day
July 22 Eid’l Fitr (tentative)
August 21 Ninoy Aquino Day
August 25 National Heroes Day
2016 February 25 EDSA Revolution Anniversary

Special week, month-long observances

The same department order likewise instructs elementary and secondary schools to observe the following week- and month-long activities as mandated by law:

2015 June Safe Kids Week
July National Nutrition Month
National Disaster and Preparedness Month
Career Guidance Week
National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week
Science and Technology Week
Savings Credit Consciousness Week
August Buwan ng Wikang Pambansa
Sight Saving Month
September Literacy Month
Crime Prevention Month
Clean and Green Month
Science and Month Week
History Week
Linggo ng Kasuotang Filipino
October Scouting Month
Children’s Month
Consumer Welfare Month
Clean and Green Month
Week of the Elderly
National Health Education Week
November National Reading Month
Filipino Values Month
Malaria Awareness Month
Deaf Awareness Week
Drug Abuse Prevention and Awareness Week
December Education Week
Human Rights Week
2016 January National Cancer Consciousness Week
Autism Consciousness Week
Breast Cancer Consciousness Week
February Philippine Arts Month
National Children with Intellectual Disabilities Week
National Dental/Oral Week
Bantay Puso Week
Leprosy Prevention Week
March Women’s Month
Fire Prevention Month
Career Guidance Week
Girl Child Week

For more information, please check more information here: Department Order No. 9, s. 2015 (PDF).

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Written by Tommy Estrada

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