Heritage Middle operates on the year-round calendar. Students at the year-round schools are divided into four groups, called tracks, with each track having its own calendar. In a year-round school, the number of required school days is divided into nine-week quarters with a three week break at the end of each quarter. You have to think of the year in twelve-week parcels which include nine weeks of instruction and three weeks of vacation. That vacation period varies based upon the track.
Schedules are staggered so that, at any given time, three tracks are in school and one is on break. These staggered schedules make it possible for the school to serve a larger student population.
Year-round schools provide a more continuous learning process. Students and teachers find that the more frequent breaks require less review than is typical after a summer vacation. Likewise, the more frequent breaks help students and staff stay more energized and focused.