The school year

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The school year lasts 10 months.

It begins in early September and ends in late June or early July.

There are four school holidays spread over the year:

  • in late October (Toussaint) ;
  • at the holidays season (Christmas/New year);
  • in the winter (February/March) ; and
  • in the spring (April/May).

 

These holidays last for two weeks, except for Toussaint, which lasts for 10 days around All Saints’ Day (November 1).

Each year, the French Ministry for Education sets holiday dates for the different academic zones. Mainland France is split into three areas, A, B and C, each comprising various academic regions.

The overseas departments have a distinct academic calendar.

2022-2023 academic year calendar (Mainland France)

Holidays Zone A Zone B Zone C
Académies : Besançon, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, Limoges, Lyon, Poitiers Académies : Aix-Marseille, Amiens, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Normandie, Orléans-Tours, Reims, Rennes, Strasbourg Académies : Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse, Versailles
Back-to-school Classes resume on: Thursday, September 1, 2022 Classes resume on: Thursday, September 1, 2022 Classes resume on: Thursday, September 1, 2022
Toussaint holidays Classes end on: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Classes resume on: Monday, November 7, 2022
Classes end on: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Classes resume on: Monday, November 7, 2022
Classes end on: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Classes resume on: Monday, November 7, 2022
Christmas Holidays Classes end on: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Classes resume on: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Classes end on: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Classes resume on: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Classes end on: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Classes resume on: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Winter Holidays Classes end on: Saturday, February 4, 2023
Classes resume on: Monday, February 20, 2023
Classes end on: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Classes resume on: Monday, February 27, 2023
Classes end on: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Classes resume on: Monday, March 6, 2023
Spring Holidays Classes end on: Saturday, April 8, 2023
Classes resume on: Monday, April 24, 2023
Classes end on: Saturday, April 15, 2023
Classes resume on: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Classes end on: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Classes resume on: Tuesday, May 9, 2023
Summer Holidays Classes end on: Saturday, July 8, 2023 Classes end on: Saturday, July 8, 2023 Classes end on: Saturday, July 8, 2023

The holidays begin once the day’s classes are completed.  For students who do not have classes on Saturdays, the holidays begin on the Friday evening. Classes resume on the morning of the dates indicated above.

2022-2023 academic year calendar (Overseas departments and regions)

Holidays Guadeloupe French Guiana Mayotte Reunion Island Martinique
Back-to-school Classes resume on: Thursday, September 1, 2022 Classes resume on: Monday, September 5, 2022 Classes resume on: Wednesday, August 24, 2022 Classes resume on: Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Classes resume on: Thursday, September 1, 2022
Toussaint holidays Classes end: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Classes resume: Monday, November 7, 2022
Classes end: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Classes resume: Monday, November 7, 2022
Classes end: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Classes resume: Monday, October 24, 2022
Classes end: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Classes resume: Monday, October 24, 2022
Classes end: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Classes resume: Monday, November 7, 2022
Christmas Holidays/ Austral Summer Classes end: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Classes resume: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Classes resume: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Classes resume: Monday, January 9, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Classes resume: Monday, January 23, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, December 17, 2022
Classes resume: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Carnival Holidays Classes end: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Classes resume: Monday, February 27, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Classes resume: Monday, March 6, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Classes resume: Monday, March 6, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, March 11, 2023
Classes resume: Monday, March 27, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Classes resume: Monday, February 27, 2023
Easter Holidays Classes end: Saturday, April 1st, 2023
Classes resume: Monday, April 17, 2023
Classes end: Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Classes resume: Thursday, April 20, 2023
Classes end: Wednesday, April 22, 2023
Classes resume: Thursday, May 9, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Classes resume: Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Classes end: Saturday, April 1st, 2023
Classes resume: Monday, April 17, 2023
Summer Holidays/ Austral Winter Classes end on: Saturday, July 8, 2023 Classes end on: Saturday, July 8, 2023 Classes end on: Saturday, July 8, 2023 Classes end on: Saturday, July 8, 2023 Classes end on: Saturday, July 8, 2023

The holidays begin once the day’s classes are completed.  For students who do not have classes on Saturdays, the holidays begin on the Friday evening. Classes resume on the morning of the dates indicated above.

 

Additional public holidays in 2021:

  • in Guadeloupe:
    • Mid-Lent: Thursday 16 March 2023;
    • Abolition of slavery: Saturday 27 May 2023;
  • Mayotte:
    • Abolition of slavery: Thursday 27 April 2023.