Darlington School: Calendar
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Week | Month | Major Events |
Major Events for 2020-2021
Houses Open for Invited Varsity Fall Athletes
Sunday, August 2

Early Orientation Program
Saturday, August 8

Invited Student Leaders Return to Campus
Monday, August 10

Residential Move-in Day (returning and new)
Friday, August 14

Upper School Student Orientation for all 9th Grade and New Students
Saturday, August 15

Purple Tie Affair (One-School Fundraiser)
Saturday, August 15

First Semester
Monday, August 17 through Friday, December 18

Labor Day Holiday (school closed)
Monday, September 7

Columbus Day (school closed)
Monday, October 12

PSAT Administration
Wednesday, October 14, 8 a.m.–Noon
Required of students grades 9–11; Seniors may take the school day SAT
Pre-K to 8 Conference Day (no classes)

Alumni Weekend
Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25

Thanksgiving Break
Saturday, November 21, through Monday, November 30
Residential houses close Saturday, November 21
Full day of classes Friday, November 20; classes resume Tuesday, December 1
Houses open Monday, November 30 at 2 p.m.;
Faculty/staff return Monday, November 30 for Professional Development Day

First Semester Ends
Last day of classes Thursday, December 17 for Upper School; Friday, December 18 for Pre-K to 8
Houses close Friday, December 18 at 1 p.m.
Upper School Faculty Professional Development Day Friday, December 18

Christmas Break
Saturday, December 19 through Monday, January 4
Classes resume Tuesday, January 5;
Residential houses open Monday, January 4 at 2 p.m.
Faculty/Staff return Monday, January 4 for Professional Development Day

Second Semester
Tuesday, January 5 through Friday, May 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (school closed)
Monday, January 18

February Break (school closed)
Monday, February 15 and Tuesday, February 16
Houses will remain open for this break
Faculty Professional Development Day Tuesday, February 16

Spring Conference Day Pre-K to 8
Wednesday, March 10 (no classes for Pre-K to 8)

Good Friday (school closed)
No classes Friday, April 2

Spring Break
Friday, April 2 through Sunday, April 11
Full day of classes Thursday, April 1; Residential houses close Friday, April 2 at 1 p.m.;
Residential houses open Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m.; classes resume Monday, April 12

Prom
Saturday, April 24

Advanced Placement Exams
Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 14

Upper School Honors Day
Friday, May 14, 1:30 p.m., Morris Chapel

Baccalaureate
Friday, May 14, 7 p.m., Morris Chapel

Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 15, 9:30 a.m., Morris Chapel Lawn
(Rain location: A.J. Huffman Center)

Upper School Exams
Monday, May 17 through Thursday May 20

Last Day of School
Friday, May 21 Early Dismissal for Pre-K to 8; Upper School Make-up Exams
Residential houses close Friday at 1 p.m.

School Year Ends
Friday, May 21

Faculty Professional Development Days
Monday, May 24 through Wednesday, May 26


Boarding Student Travel Dates for 2020-2021
Invited Student Leaders Return by 5 p.m.
Monday, August 10, 2020

Boarding Student Move-in Day
Friday, August 14, 2020

Thanksgiving Break begins after classes, 3:30 p.m. on November 20
Friday, November 20, 2020
The houses will be closed for this vacation.
Boarding students must leave campus by 1 p.m. on November 21.
The houses reopen on Monday, November 30, 2020. Students must return by 9 p.m.
Classes resume Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Christmas Break begins after classes, 3:30 p.m. on December 17
Thursday, December 17, 2020
The houses will be closed for this vacation.
Boarding students must leave campus by 1 p.m. on December 18.
The houses reopen on January 4, 2021. Students must return by 9 p.m.
Classes resume January 5, 2021.

Spring Break begins after classes, 3:30 p.m. on April 1
Friday, April 2, 2021
The houses will be closed for this vacation.
Boarding students must leave campus by 1 p.m. on Friday, April 2, 2021.
The houses reopen on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Students must return by 9 p.m.
Classes resume Monday, April 12, 2021.

Last Day of School; Summer vacation begins after the student's last exam. Exam schedules are posted in the curriculum guide. Friday, May 21 is an exam make-up day.
Boarding students must make travel plans in conjunction with their exam schedule and must take their exams on the day on which they are scheduled.
Boarding students must leave campus no later than 1 p.m. on Friday, May 21.