School Holidays in Athens
A calendar of the school terms in Greece: all the dates when the state schools close for vacation...
All Greek schools have the same school calendar. Start and end dates vary a little depending on the day the date falls on and the variations in public holidays. All Greek school have long summer breaks, as well as breaks over Christmas, New Year and at Easter.
- Schools in Greece are closed on national public (bank) holiday days
- Students do not attend school when their teachers are on strike
- Private schools may have slightly different dates for the school vacations: check with the relevant school
- The table below is for the Primary School year. Secondary School has a slightly shorter summer break that begins at the end of the exam period in June (exact dates vary from school to school)
|School Year 2016/2017|
|Back to school||
12 September 2016 (primary schools)
24 December 2016 to 8 January 2017
|School year ends||
21 June 2017
Special Days and School Marches
|Other Special Dates|
|Ochi Day||28 October: commemorates Greece saying "No" to Italy's demand for surrender during World War II|
|Independence Day||25 March: Greece celebrates its independence from the Ottoman Turks|
On both of these days school children wear uniforms and take part in marches (this happens throughout the country). Depending on the size and location of a school, not all students march every year. The students taking part are selected at least a month before the march.
Foreign students may not be expected to take part in a march: this can be confirmed with a child's school directly.
Reduced school days
Although the following dates are officially full school days, many schools hold some sort of celebration or prepare for the following day's celebrations.
- 27 October
- 17 November
- 24 March
In some schools, the day may be very short, for example one hour, while others may hold a full day of classes. Each school provides information in advance. Schools often ask that a parent or family member attend the celebration.
Saint's day closure
In some areas, schools will be closed on the local saint's day.
National and Local Elections
During elections, many schools are used as polling stations. During this time there are no classes and the schools are closed.