school year

the months of the year during which school is open and attendance at school is required.

1855–60 Unabridged
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school year
1.  a twelve-month period, (in Britain) usually starting in late summer and continuing for three terms until the following summer, during which pupils remain in the same class
2.  the time during this period when the school is open

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Example sentences
Roar into the new school year with our awesome lion postcards.
The people in charge meet with students in exactly this situation every single
  day of the school year, many many times.
But this hardly warranted such a sudden move on the eve of a new school year.
She stayed home the rest of the school year, four weeks.
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