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    Quote Originally Posted by renrose View Post
    They don't have half terms and only get one week at Easter and Christmas though I think
    Yes, in a typical American school you get about 1.5-2 weeks off at Christmas and then a one-week "Spring Break"* (not necessarily at Easter). For schools that run on an August-May calendar the break at Christmas (often called "Winter Break" to be religion-neutral) is often also the break between the 1st and 2nd semesters (schools that start and end later will typically have the final exams for the first semester after Christmas, before the second semester starts). Some schools (like where I live) will also have a short (i.e. long-weekend) "Fall Break"* in October or so (in addition to a 4- or 5-day weekend for Thanksgiving in late November).

    *Those breaks are often scheduled so to divide each of the semesters in half (and the school year into quarters); the grading periods are typically either four nine-week periods or six six-week periods throughout the year.

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