School-Year Calendar

The calendar for the 2017-2018 school year at Blair is posted here for parents’ reference.

This is an abbreviated calendar with key dates that parents find most useful. For the full school-year calendar, which includes a comprehensive list of campus happenings (Society of Skeptics lectures, art exhibits, performing arts events, art exhibits, etc.), please click here.

To download the calendar below as a PDF, click here.

Fall Semester
Friday, August 25 Football pre-season athletes arrive & register…10 a.m.
Thursday, August 31 Prefects arrive & register…2 p.m.
Friday, September 1 Registration for pre-season fall sports (those invited by coaches)…9 a.m.
Thursday, September 7 Registration for international students…9 a.m.
Friday, September 8 Registration for all remaining boarding & day students…9 a.m.
Saturday, September 9 Full day orientation program for all students…9 a.m.
Sunday, September 10 Orientation program for all students continues…9 a.m.
Monday, September 11 First semester begins
Monday, September 11 Convocation…7 p.m. (required for all students)
Saturday, September 16 Community Weekend #1
Saturday, September 23 Community Weekend #2
Monday, October 2 No classes. Varsity athletes due back for afternoon practices. Boarding students return by 7 p.m.
Thursday October 26, Friday, October 27 &
Saturday, October 28
Parents’ Weekend
Monday, October 30 No classes. Varsity athletes due back for afternoon practices. Boarding students return by 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 4 Peddie Day at Peddie; weekend departures begin after the conclusion of athletic contests.
Saturday, November 18* Classes end by noon. Thanksgiving vacation begins; dormitories close.
Sunday, November 26* Boarding students return by 7 p.m.
Monday, November 27 Classes resume
Friday, December 8 Christmas Vespers (required for all students)
Wednesday, December 13* Classes end by noon; first semester ends. Holiday break begins; dormitories close. Grades & comments reported to parents after processing. No student may depart for vacation prior to December 13.
Winter/Spring Semester
Wednesday, January 3* Boarding students return by 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 4 Second semester begins
Saturday, January 20 Mid-Winter Semi-Formal
Friday, February 2* Winter Long Weekend begins after last class; dormitories close
Wednesday, February 7* Boarding students return by 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 8 Classes resume
Thursday, March 8* Spring vacation begins at noon after last class; dormitories close. Grades reported to parents after processing.
Monday, March 26* Boarding students return by 7 p.m.
Tuesday, March 27 Classes resume
Monday, April 16 No classes. Varsity athletes due back for afternoon practices. Boarding students return by 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18 Grandparents' Day
Monday, May 21 Senior Prize Assembly
Tuesday, May 22 Junior/Senior Prom
Wednesday, May 23 Packing Day for seniors; Class of 2018 Senior Assembly & Baccalaureate
Thursday, May 24 Commencement
Sunday, May 27 Underclass exams begin in the afternoon
Tuesday, May 29 Underclass Prize Assembly
Thursday, May 31 Underclass exams end. Students may depart for summer vacations. Dormitories close for the summer. Grades reported to parents after processing.

Please review the calendar carefully and plan well in advance when making travel arrangements. Each academic day in our calendar is essential…absences due to travel arrangements should be avoided.

Community Weekends are designed to establish the sense of community at Blair that is central to the School's mission (or to build in structure for exam preparation). Various activities are planned for students' enjoyment. Parents may visit campus on those weekends, but are asked not to take their sons/daughters off campus.

*A note regarding travel plans: On the dates indicated with an asterisk, the School will arrange for charter bus or State Shuttle transportation to/from New York City (Port Authority) and area airports. Whenever possible, use Newark Airport, as it is much more convenient than the other New York-area airports. Students departing out of Newark Airport for school breaks should schedule departures for 3 p.m. or later. For any who must fly out of LaGuardia or JFK Airport, departures should be scheduled for 4 p.m. or later. All questions regarding transportation should be directed to the Student Life Office at ext. 5605.

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