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7:48 AM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Tuesday is the first day of school for hundreds of students who attend three year-round schools in the Atlanta Public School system.

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Boyd, Hutchinson and Centennial Elementary Schools are the only ones in APS that don't use a traditional calendar.

"I think one of the reasons why we've done so well academically is because of the year-round calendar," said Keisha Gibbons, the principal at Boyd.

The year-round calendar includes nine weeks of instruction followed by three weeks off.

The summer break lasts five weeks.

"For five weeks, the students can get recharged," Gibbons said. "There's less time off, so the learning does not go away. They come right back in July, and we go right into the instruction."

Parents at Boyd voted for the schedule change years ago.

During the three-week breaks throughout the year, the schools hold two-week "inter-sessions" to help with scheduling and provide continued instruction.

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