This will be shortest summer ever for Philly's students, teachers

Philadelphia's new school year will start earlier than ever, to the dismay of many students. 

Mike DeNardo
May 26, 2018 - 9:30 pm
Central High School

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- As this school year winds down, Philadelphia teachers and students will have a little less time to get ready for the next school year. 

Philadelphia's new school year will start earlier than ever, to the dismay of many students. 
    
"It's going to be hot," said Central High School junior Gabby Zalzman. "Everyone is going to dread it because it's so much earlier."
     
The first day for students is August 27, a week before Labor Day. And the first day for staff is a week before that, on August 20. That's fine with social studies teacher Michael Horwits.
     
"It'll be a good thing for the AP curriculum, we'll have a little bit more time for the AP tests," Horwits said. "It's hot in June, it's hot in August. We'll be ready for training camp."
      
Suburban districts and many charters begin before Labor Day. Superintendent William Hite says the change is about instructional time.
     
"Part of starting early, it allows us the opportunity to have uninterrupted days and weeks of instruction," Hite explained.
     
Central High School teacher Avi Snyder says the early start may mean fewer kids zoning out at the end of the year.
     
"Once we hit June first, you do lose some kids," Snyder said. "I mean, they look outside, it's beautiful, it's bright, the ice cream truck is parked across the street, you hear the music!"
      
And the earlier start, Hite says, means an early end of school on June 4, 2019.