The Department of Education (DepEd) has announced that school year 2015-2016 for elementary and high schools throughout the Philippines will start on June 1, 2015 and end on April 1, 2016.
This was outlined in DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro’s Department Order No.9 which was released last April 1. According to Luistro, students will have 201 class days for the next school year, which is within the number of school days required by Republic Act 7797.
This includes the five-day in-service training or INSET for teachers, which is typically scheduled to coincide with the week where All Saints’ Day falls (it will be from October 26 to 30 this year).
Luistro added that private schools can deviate from DepEd’s official calendar provided that they begin classes not earlier than June 1 and not later than August 31. Administrators of private schools must notify the education department in case they do this, the secretary also said.