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Major Events for 2021-2022
Houses Open for Invited Varsity Fall Athletes
Sunday, August 1

New Faculty Orientation
Monday, August 2, through Wednesday, August 4

Pre-Planning Faculty Meetings
Thursday, August 5, through Friday, August 13

Residential Move-in Day (returning and new)
Friday, August 13

Upper School Student Orientation for all 9th Grade and all New Students
Saturday, August 14

First Semester
Monday, August 16, through Friday, December 17

Labor Day Holiday (school closed)
Monday, September 6

Columbus Day (school closed)
Monday, October 11

PSAT Administration
Wednesday, October 13, 8 a.m. – Noon
Required of students grades 9–11; Seniors may take the school day SAT. Conference Day Pre-K to 8 (no classes)

Alumni Weekend
Friday, October 15, through Sunday, October 17

Purple Tie Affair
Friday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m., Johnson Field House, A.J. Huffman Athletic Center

Thanksgiving Break
Saturday, November 20, through Monday, November 29
Houses close Saturday, November 20
Full day of classes Friday, November 19
Classes resume Tuesday, November 30; Houses open Monday, November 29
Faculty/staff return Monday, November 29, for Professional Development Day

First Semester Ends
Last day of classes Thursday, December 16, for Upper School and Friday, December 17, for Pre-K to 8
Houses close Friday, December 17, at 1 p.m.
Upper School Faculty Professional Development Day Friday, December 17

Christmas Break
Friday, December 17, through Tuesday, January 4
Classes resume Wednesday, January 5
Houses open Tuesday, January 4, at 2 p.m.
Faculty/staff return Tuesday, January 4, for Professional Development Day

Second Semester
Wednesday, January 5, through Friday, May 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday (school closed)
Monday, January 17

Presidents Day (school closed)
Monday, February 21

Winter Musical
Friday, February 25 through Sunday, February 27

Pre-K to 8 Spring Conference Day
Wednesday, March 2 (no classes Pre-K to 8)

Spring Break
Saturday, March 5, through Monday, March 14
Full day of classes Friday, March 4
Houses close Saturday, March 5, at 1 p.m.; Houses open Monday, March 14
Classes resume Tuesday, March 15

Good Friday (school closed)
No classes Friday, April 15

Prom
Saturday, April 23

Advanced Placement Exams
Monday, May 2, through Friday, May 13

Upper School Honors Day
Friday, May 13 at 1:30 p.m., Morris Chapel

Baccalaureate
Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m., Morris Chapel

Commencement Exercises
Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m., Morris Chapel Lawn (Rain location: A.J. Huffman Center)

Upper School Exams
Monday, May 16, through Friday, May 20

Last Day of School
Friday, May 20

Faculty Professional Development Days
Monday, May 23 through Wednesday, May 25

Boarding Student Travel Dates for 2021-2022
Invited Student Leaders Return by 5 p.m.
Monday, August 9, 2021

Boarding Student Move-in Day
Friday, August 13, 2021

Thanksgiving Break begins after classes, 3:30 p.m. on November 19
Friday, November 19, 2021
Houses will be closed for this vacation. Boarding students must leave campus by 1 p.m. on November 20.
Houses reopen on Monday, November 29. Students must return by 9 p.m. Classes resume Tuesday, November 30.

Christmas Break begins after classes, 3:30 p.m. on December 16
Thursday, December 16, 2021
Houses will be closed for this vacation. Boarding students must leave campus by 1 p.m. on the December 17.
Houses reopen on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Students must return by 9 p.m. Classes resume January 5, 2022.

Spring Break begins after classes, 3:30 p.m. on March 4
Friday, March 4, 2022
Houses will be closed for this vacation. Boarding students must leave campus by 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
Houses reopen on Monday, March 14, 2022. Students must return by 9 p.m. Classes resume Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

Last Day of School; Summer vacation begins after the student's last exam. Exam schedules are posted in the Curriculum Guide. Friday, May 20 is the last day of exams.
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 Saturday, May 21, 2022.