Barcroft Elementary has a Modified School Year Calendar (MSYC) which reorganizes the school year to provide more continuous learning by dividing the long summer vacation into shorter, more frequent breaks. It does not eliminate the summer vacation, but merely reduces it. The MSYC is an alternative schedule for learning. Students on a MSYC attend the same classes and receive the same amount of instruction as students on the traditional calendar. The MSYC is designed to provide a 182 instructional day school year (beginning in August and ending in June) while creating the flexibility to extend the school year to 207 days through two optional intersessions scheduled during the year.