5  Labor Day, and Schools Part I: The Beginning of The School Year ( October 10, 2002  )

We observe the national holiday "Labor Day 1)," the first Monday in September, which this year was September 2nd.   "Labor Day" honors labor in Canada as well as the US .  After "Labor Day," most schools, K-12 2), colleges 3) and universities start while some colleges and universities may start at the end of August.  A new school year starts after Labor Day and ends in May or June 4).


1) “Labor Day” info:  http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm       
check out our Labor Day page

2) “K-12” means Kindergarten to 12th grade.   Grades 1 to 6 is grade (elementary) school, grades 7 and 8 (sometimes 6) is middle (junior high) school, and grades 9 to 12 (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) are high school.   Note that until some years ago, grade 7 to 9 was for junior high schools, and grade
10 to 12 , for senior high schools.

3)  Senior colleges are four year schools (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior) and junior colleges are two year schools (freshman and senior).   Junior colleges include community colleges and technical (vocational) colleges.  Some high school students may take classes at colleges.     

4a) For  “School Year’s End”, see our newsletter 1 <  http://www.exploreamerica.info/what_letter_e1.htm  >

4b) For  “Graduation”, see our newsletter 2 < http://www.exploreamerica.info/what_letter_e2.htm  >

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