Academic Year - Definition & Meaning

An academic year, also known as a school year, is the period of time during which educational institutions conduct formal instruction and academic activities. It typically includes the fall, spring, and sometimes summer semesters or terms.

The academic year provides a structured framework for organizing educational programs, courses, and assessments. It establishes the schedule for student enrollment, faculty employment, and other academic events.

The start and end dates of the academic year vary depending on the educational institution and the region. For most primary and secondary schools, the academic year often follows a traditional schedule, beginning in the late summer or early fall and ending in the late spring or early summer.

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