The Number of Days in School Year by State

The required number of hours that a student receiving K-12 education in the United States varies greatly from state to state. In spite of that variance, the vast majority of states require a minimum of 180 days of school per year. There are also some outliers above and below the attendance of 180 days of school per year. 

For example, Illinois and North Carolina both require their students to attend 185 days of school per year. In Illinois, the increase above the norm in the days of attendance per year is explicitly “designed to ensure 176 days of attendance.” In stark contrast to Illinois, Missouri does not have a minimum amount of school days that a student must attend each year. 

In a similar vein, Colorado only requires 160 days of attendance per year, and Minnesota requires students from grades 1—11 to attend 165 days of school per year. Kentucky requires 170 days of classroom attendance, plus four professional development days. Vermont and Wyoming both require 175 days or classroom attendance per year, and Louisiana requires 177.

Of the remaining states, five of them allow the minimum number of days that a student must attend school to be determined by standards of accreditation, the board of trustees, or the board of education. 

To learn more about the number of days in the school year by state, check the data in the charts. 

Days in School Year by State

Alabama

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180

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6

#2 in the US

Alaska

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180

#5 in the US

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#14 in the US

Arizona

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180

#6 in the US

California

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180

#7 in the US

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4

#26 in the US

Colorado

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160

#38 in the US

Connecticut

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180

#8 in the US

District of Columbia

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180

#9 in the US

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5

#15 in the US

Florida

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180

#10 in the US

Georgia

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180

#11 in the US

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5.5

#16 in the US

Hawaii

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180

#12 in the US

Illinois

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185

#2 in the US

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5

#17 in the US

Indiana

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180

#13 in the US

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6

#4 in the US

Iowa

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180

#14 in the US

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6

#5 in the US

Kansas

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186

#1 in the US

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5

#18 in the US

Kentucky

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170

#36 in the US

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6

#6 in the US

Louisiana

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177

#33 in the US

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6

#7 in the US

Maine

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180

#15 in the US

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5

#19 in the US

Maryland

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180

#16 in the US

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3

#30 in the US

Massachusetts

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180

#17 in the US

Michigan

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180

#18 in the US

Minnesota

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165

#37 in the US

Mississippi

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180

#19 in the US

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#20 in the US

Nevada

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180

#20 in the US

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5.5

#21 in the US

New Hampshire

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180

#21 in the US

New Jersey

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180

#22 in the US

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4

#27 in the US

New York

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180

#23 in the US

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#22 in the US

North Carolina

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185

#3 in the US

Oklahoma

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180

#24 in the US

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6

#10 in the US

Pennsylvania

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180

#25 in the US

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#23 in the US

Rhode Island

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180

#26 in the US

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6

#11 in the US

South Carolina

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180

#27 in the US

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6

#12 in the US

Tennessee

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180

#28 in the US

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#13 in the US

Utah

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180

#29 in the US

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4

#28 in the US

Vermont

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175

#34 in the US

Virginia

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180

#30 in the US

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5.5

#24 in the US

Washington

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180

#31 in the US

West Virginia

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180

#32 in the US

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5.8

#25 in the US

Wyoming

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175

#35 in the US