Academic calendar

2017–2018 academic year: September 4, 2017 to July 6, 2018.

All basic and secondary schools (Grades 1–12) must operate within the period from September 4, 2017 to July 6, 2018.

  • This calendar stipulates the minimum school calendar. Schools are encouraged to conduct academic and extracurricular activities outside of these days.
  • Early childhood education (ECE) schools are encouraged to operate for a longer period. (See ECE Academic Calendar for more information.)
  • Market days, bereavements, or other events must not stop schools from operating.

The calendar dates and information can be downloaded (this is a concise document suitable for easy printing). The Ministry is also distributing full printed copies of the academic calendar.

Non-government schools

All private, faith-based and parochial schools are required to operate for the dates set out on in this national calendar (though they may operate for a longer period). Non-government schools must submit their instructional academic calendar and information sheets to the Office of the District Education Officer for approval by the County Education Officer.

2017 national elections

The Presidential and Representative elections will be held on October 10.

  • Absolutely no national political campaign activities are permitted on school campuses.
  • Schools will be closed for the day of the election (for one day only).
  • If there is a subsequent run-off election scheduled, schools will also close on that day. Again, this closure will be for one day only.

Academic calendar

Pre-opening activities

  • August 7–31, 2017: Registration
  • August 24, 2017: National Flag Day
  • August 31 – September 1, 2017: Orientation

First semester: Monday, September 4, 2017 – Friday, February 2, 2018

First marking period: Monday, September 4 – Friday, October 20, 2017

  • Monday, September 4: first day of school
  • Friday, September 8: National Literacy Day (working holiday)
  • Monday, October 2 – Friday, October 6: National Teachers’ Week
  • Tuesday, October 10: national elections (schools closed for one day)
  • Wednesday, October 11: International Day of the Girl Child (working holiday)

Second marking period: Monday, October 23 – Friday, December 8

  • Tuesday, October 24: United Nations Day (working holiday)
  • Thursday, November 2: Thanksgiving Day (national holiday)
  • Friday, November 10: World Science Day for Peace and Development (working holiday)
  • Wednesday, November 29: W.V.S Tubman’s Birthday (national holiday)
  • Sunday, December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Third marking period and exams: Monday, December 11, 2017 – Wednesday, February 7 2018

  • Friday, December 22 – Tuesday, January 2: Christmas vacation
  • Wednesday, January 3: classes resume
  • Wednesday, February 7: last day of first semester
  • Thursday, February 8 – Friday, February 9: semester break (continuing professional development activities encouraged)

Second semester: Tuesday, February 13 – Friday, July 6, 2018

Fourth marking period: Tuesday, February 13 – Wednesday, April 4

  • Sunday, February 11: Armed Forces Day (national holiday, celebrated on Monday, February 12)
  • Tuesday, February 13: first day of second semester
  • Thursday, March 1: African School Feeding Day (working holiday)
  • Wednesday, March 14: Decoration Day (national holiday)
  • Thursday, March 15: J. J. Roberts’ Birthday (national holiday)
  • Thursday, March 29 – Monday, April 2: Easter holiday

Fifth marking period: Thursday, April 5 – Tuesday, May 22

  • Friday, April 13: National Fast and Prayer Day (national holiday)
  • April 25: World Malaria Day (working holiday)
  • Monday, May 14: Unification Day (national holiday)
  • Friday, May 25: Africa Day (working holiday)

Sixth marking period and final examinations: Wednesday, May 23 – Friday, July 6

  • Saturday, June 16: Day of the African Child
  • Tuesday, June 26: International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (working holiday)
  • Tuesday, July 11: World Population Day (working holiday)
  • Friday, July 20: last day of second semester
  • Graduation dates are contingent on the release of WAEC and WASSCE results