While public schools have opened classes already, many private schools are opening towards the middle and end of the month of June. This is still in accordance to Republic Act No. 7797 ("An Act to Lengthen the School Calendar from Two Hundred Days to Not More Than Two Hundred Twenty (Class Days"), but the Department of Education (DepEd) says classes should start no later than August 31.
Below is the DepEd's official school calendar for 2017-2018, which has an expected 195 class days. Note that dates may vary for private schools. There are also six long weekends based on the holiday and apart from the semestral break, Christmas vacation, and Holy Week. Plot your family vacations accordingly.
JUNE June 12 (Monday) - Independence day (regular holiday) June 26 (Monday) - Eid'l Fitr (regular holiday)
Scheduled tentatively in June: Early Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (ELLNA) for SY 2017-2018 National Achievement Test (NAT) Grade 6 students National Achievement Test (NAT) Grade 10 students
AUGUST August 10-11 First Quarter Exams August 19 - Distribution of Report Cards/ 2nd Parent-Teacher Conference August 21 (Monday) - Ninoy Aquino Day (special non-working holiday) August 28 (Monday) - National Heroes' Day (regular holiday) Scheduled tentatively in August: National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) for Grade 9. This test helps siudents figure out the "strands" they will take for their senior high school academic track.
SEPTEMBER September 1 (Friday) - Eid’l Adha (special non-working holiday)
OCTOBER October 1 - Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test for Luzon October 5 - World Teacher’s Day October 8 - Alternative Learning System Accreditation and Equivalency (ALS A&E) Test for Visayas and Mindanao October 12-13 - Second Quarter Exams October 23-27 - Start of semestral break October 28 - Distribution of Report Cards/ 3rd Parent-Teacher Conference October 31 (Tuesday) - Additional special non-working holiday
NOVEMBER November 1 (Wednesday) - All Saints’ Day (special non-working holiday) November 2 - Classes resume November 30 (Thursday) - Bonifacio Day (regular holiday) Scheduled tentatively in November: Announcement for National Achievement Test (NAT) for Grade 12 Philippines Educational Placement (PEP) Test for Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao
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DECEMBER December 22 (Friday) - Start of Christmas Break December 25 (Monday) - Christmas Day (regular holiday) December 30 (Saturday) - Rizal Day (regular holiday) December 31 (Sunday) - New Year’s Eve (special non-working holiday)
JANUARY 2018 January 1 (Monday) - New Year’s Day (regular holiday) January 3 - Classes resume January 11-12 - Third Quarter Exams January 27 - Start of early registration for kindegarten to Grade 12 (until February 28) January 20 - Distribution of Report Cards January 28 (Sunday) - Chinese New Year (special non-working holiday)
FEBRUARY 2018 February 16 (Friday) - Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day (special non-working holiday) February 25 (Sunday) - EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary (special non-working holiday)
MARCH 2018 March 15-16 - Fourth Quarter Exams (Grades 6-12) March 19-20 - Fourth Quarter Exams (Grades 1-5, 7-11) March 29 - Maundy Thursday (regular holiday) March 30 - Good Friday (regular holiday)
APRIL 2018 April 1 - Easter Sunday (regular holiday) April 2-6 - End of school year rites – Graduation (Grades 6 and 12) – Moving Up Ceremony (Kinder and Grade 10) April 6 - Last day of classes for SY 2017-2018 April 9 (Monday) - Araw ng Kagitingan (regular holiday) April 10-11 Distribution of Report Cards/ 4th Parent-Teacher Conference April 16 - May 25 - start of summer classes April 16-20 - Palarong Pambansa