Created: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 05:19:00 EST
Updated: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 10:18:57 EST
Dooly county schools are already entering their third week of the new school year.
The school system does not have year round school in the traditional sense, but a modified plan to keep Dooly County students on the fast track.
While most middle Georgia school systems are gearing up to get school started, Dooly County has been in session since July 22, 2013. They've been doing a modified year round school for twelve years.
"We have short summers. We have an opportunity to come back and start early," said Grady Miles, the superintendent for the Dooly County Board of education.
Dooly students get a five week summer break. That is three to four weeks shorter that other school systems in middle Georgia.
Brian Anderson is Dooly County High School's teacher of the year and says his students come back to school ready to learn. "By having a shorter summer it gives them time to still be in the swing of things when they return back to school," he said.
Dooly students still get plenty of time off, in the form of one week breaks throughout the year.
Anderson says his students love the layout. "They enjoy school more because they are here so much," he added
Teachers in the school system get to use the breaks for training.
"While the kids are out we get a chance to come in and work on those things and the kids get a chance to get a little breather," said Miles.
Students can also come in during that off time, to get caught up.
"For the students it benefits them because they get a chance to come up here and make up some work or get some extra help or remediation during that break and for the teachers it also gives them more one on one individual time with their students," said Anderson.
Since 2001, when the program began, they've seen more of their students go on to technical school and college.