Jamaica Calendar of School Terms and Holidays – Academic Year 2018-2019

Please find below Jamaica’s Ministry of Education calendar of school terms and holidays for the academic year 2018 to 2019. Here you will find opening and closing dates for Jamaican schools, when examinations are taking place, and official dates for holidays.

The first/CHRISTMAS TERM of the school year will commence on Monday, September 3, 2018 and end on Tuesday December 18, 2018. The Christmas Holidays will be Wednesday December 19, 2018 to Friday January 4, 2019.  School will officially resume from Christmas Holidays on Monday January 7, 2019

The second/EASTER TERM of the school year will commence on Monday, January 7, 2019 and end on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  Easter Holidays will be on Thursday April 18, 2019 to Friday April 26, 2019.  School will officially resume from Easter Holidays on Monday April 29, 2019

The third/SUMMER TERM of the school year will commence on Monday, April 29, 2019 and end on Friday, July 5, 2019.  Summer Holidays will be on Monday, July 8, 2019 to Friday August 30, 2019.

The 2019/2020 School Year begins Monday, September 3, 2019

The following dates are suggested for Mid-Term Holidays:

  • CHRISTMAS TERM (National Heroes Day Midterm) – October 11 – 15, 2018.
    • School resumes Tuesday, October 16, 2018 
  • EASTER TERM (Ash Wednesday Midterm) – March 6 – 8, 2019.
    • School resumes Monday, March 11, 2019 
  • SUMMER TERM (Labour Day Midterm) – May 22 – 24, 2019.
    • School resumes Monday, May 27, 2019 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • Monday, October 15, 2018 – National Heroes Day
  • Tuesday, December 25, 2018  – Christmas Day
  • Wednesday December 26, 2018 – Boxing Day
  • Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – New Year’s Day
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – Ash Wednesday
  • Friday, April 19, 2019  – Good Friday
  • Monday, April 22, 2019 – Easter Monday
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 – Labour Day
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Emancipation Day
  • Tuesday August 6, 2019 – Independence Day

Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Professional Development Days    TEACHERS’ IN-SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (SUMMER)

  • Primary School Teachers – July 8 – 19, 2019
  • Secondary School Teachers – July 22 – 26, 2019
  • CHRISTMAS TERM – Thursday, October 11, 2018
  • EASTER TERM – Friday, March 8, 2019
  • SUMMER TERM – Wednesday, May 22, 2019

EXAMINATION DATES

  • Early Childhood Age 4 Assessment – March 11 – April 12, 2019
  • Grade One Individual Learning Profile (GOILP) – August 27 – September 14, 2019
  • Primary Exit profile (PEP) Performance Tasks (Grade 6) – December 6 – 7, 2018
  • Grade Nine Achievement Tests (GNAT) – May 10, 2019
  • Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Ability Test – February 22, 2019
  • Primary Exit Profile (PEP) CBT – April 17 and 18, 2019
  • Grade 4 Performance Task – May 30 and 31, 2019
  • Grade 5 Performance Task – June 20 – 21, 2019
  • Vocational School Leaving Certificate Examination (VCLCE) – June 10 – 21, 2019
  • Grade Three Diagnostic – June 5 and 6, 2019
  • Jamaica School Certificate (JSC) – July 8 – 12, 2019

CSEC, CAPE and CVQ Examination Dates

  • CSEC (January 2019)
    • Registration: August 20, 108 – October 4, 2018
    • Examination Dates: January 2, 2019 – January 18, 2019
  • CSEC (June 2019)
    • Registration: October 1, 2018 – November 27, 2018
    • Examination Dates: May 6, 2019 – June 7, 2019
  • CAPE (June 2019)
    • Registration: October 1, 2018 – November 27, 2018
    • Examination Dates: May 6, 2019 – June 7, 2019
  • CVQ (June 2019)
    • Registration: September 1, 2018 – January 24, 2019
    • Examination Dates: Coursework to be uploaded May 1, 2019 to June 10, 2019.  Online Registration System opens for submission of completed units.  Schools should submit the following documents to the Overseas Examinations Commissions:
      • External Versifiers Report
      • Internal Assessors’ Report
      • Achievement Sheets
      • Candidates’ Portfolio Completion Form