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.

2020-2021 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, Caen, Lille, Nancy-Metz, Nantes, Nice, Orléans-Tours, Reims, Rennes, Rouen, Strasbourg Académies : Créteil, Montpellier, Paris, Toulouse, Versailles
Back-to-school Classes resume on: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Classes resume on: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Classes resume on: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Toussaint holidays Classes end on: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Classes resume on: Monday, November 2, 2020
Classes end on: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Classes resume on: Monday, November 2, 2020
Classes end on: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Classes resume on: Monday, November 2, 2020
Christmas Holidays Classes end on: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Classes resume on: Monday, January 4, 2021
Classes end on: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Classes resume on: Monday, January 4, 2021
Classes end on: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Classes resume on: Monday, January 4, 2021
Winter Holidays Classes end on: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Classes resume on: Monday, March 22, 2021
Classes end on: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Classes resume on: Monday, March 8, 2021
Classes end on: Saturday, February 13, 2021
Classes resume on: Monday, March 1st, 2021
Spring Holidays Classes end on: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Classes resume on: Monday, April 26, 2021
Classes end on: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Classes resume on: Monday, May 10, 2021
Classes end on: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Classes resume on: Monday, May 3rd 26, 2021
Summer Holidays Classes end on: Saturday, July 6, 2021 Classes end on: Saturday, July 6, 2021 Classes end on: Saturday, July 6, 2021

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.

2020-2021 academic year calendar (Overseas departments and regions)

Holidays Guadeloupe French Guiana Mayotte Reunion Island Martinique
Back-to-school Classes resume on: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Classes resume on: Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Classes resume on: Tuesday, August 24, 2020 Classes resume on: Tuesday, August 14, 2020 Classes resume on: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Toussaint holidays Classes end: Saturday 17 October 2020 Classes resume: Tuesday 3 November 2020 Classes end: Saturday 24 October 2020 Classes resume: Monday 9 November 2020 Classes end: Saturday 10 October 2020 Classes resume: Monday 26 October 2020 Classes end: Saturday 10 October 2020 Classes resume: Monday 26 October 2020 Classes end: Saturday 24 October 2020 Classes resume: Monday 9 November 2020
Christmas Holidays/ Austral Summer Classes end: Saturday 19 December 2020 Classes resume: 04 January 2021 Classes end: Saturday 19 December 2020 Classes resume: 04 January 2021 Classes end: Saturday 12 December 2020 Classes resume: 11 January 2021 Classes end: Saturday 19 December 2020 Classes resume: 25 January 2021 Classes end: Saturday 19 December 2020 Classes resume: 04 January 2021
Winter Holidays Classes end: Tuesday 9 February 2021 Classes resume: Monday 22 February 2021 Classes end: Saturday 13 February 2021 Classes resume: Monday 1 March 2021 Classes end: Tuesday 27 February 2021 Classes resume: Monday 15 March 2021 Classes end: Tuesday 06 March 2021 Classes resume: Monday 22 March 2021 Classes end: Tuesday 06 February 2021 Classes resume: Monday 22 February 2021
Spring Holidays Classes end: Tuesday 27 March 2021 Classes resume: Monday 12 April 2021 Classes end: Saturday 1 April 2021 Classes resume: Monday 27 April 2021 Classes end: Tuesday 03 May 2021 Classes resume: Monday 17 May 2021 Classes end: Tuesday 03 May 2021 Classes resume: Monday 17 May 2021 Classes end: Tuesday 27 March 2021 Classes resume: Monday 12 April 2021
Summer Holidays/ Austral Winter Classes end on: Saturday, July 6, 2021 Classes end on: Wednesday, July 3, 2021 Classes end on: Saturday, July 6, 2021 Classes end on: Thursday, July 4, 2021 Classes end on: Saturday, July 6, 2021

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 11 March 2021;
    • Abolition of slavery: Wednesday 27 May 2021;
  • Mayotte:
    • Abolition of slavery: Tuesday 27 April 2021.