Philippines School Terms and Holidays 2016

Check Philippines school calendar, holidays and activities in the academic year 2015-16.

  • According to Department Order No. 9, s. 2015 issued by Secretary of Education Armin Luistro, the official school year begins on June 1, 2015 and ends April 1, 2016.
  • The department order directs the heads of public and private elementary and secondary institutions nationwide to follow the school calendar.
  • Private schools may choose to deviate from DepEd’s official calendar. However, they may not start classes before the first Monday of June and not later than the last day of August (as provided in Republic Act No. 7797).

The important dates for SY 2015-2016 are as follows:

Philippines School Calendar 2015 – 2016
Month Date Activity


May 1 Labor Day (regular holiday)
4-10 Palarong Pambansa
18-23 Brigada Eskwela
25-29 Oplan Balik Eskwela
June 1 Beginning of Classes for SY 2015-16
12 Independence Day (regular holiday)
Special PEPT
20 1st Parent-Teacher Conference (or PTC) (Saturday)
July 17  Eid’l Fitr (regular holiday) (tentative)
August 6-7 1st Quarter Examinations
15 Distribution of Cards/PTC
21 Ninoy Aquino Day (special non-working holiday)
26 National Career Assessment Examination (NCAE) for Kto12 Grade 9
31 National Heroes Day (regular holiday)
September Eid’l Adha (regular holiday) (tentative)
October 5 World Teachers Day
15-16 2nd Quarter Examinations
24 Distribution of Cards/PTC
26-30 Mid-year assessment and INSET/Semestral Break (for students only)
November 1 All Saints Day (special non-working holiday)
15 Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT) – Luzon
22 PEPT – Visayas and Mindanao
30 Bonifacio Day (regular holiday)
December 19 Start of Christmas Break
30 Rizal Day (regular holiday)


January 4 Resumption of Classes
7-8 3rd Quarter Examinations
23 Distribution of Cards/PTC
30 Early Registration Day
February 25 EDSA People Power Anniversary (observance)
March 2 National Achievement Test (NAT) (Secondary – Grade 10)
2-4 4th Quarterly Examinations (Final Examinations)  for Grade 6 and 10
8 Language Assessment for Primary Grades (LAPG) for Grade 3
10 National Achievement Test (NAT) (Elementary – Grade 6)
17-18 4th Quarterly Examinations for Grades 1-5 and Grades 7-9
24 Maundy Thursday (regular holiday)
25 Good Friday (regular holiday)
26 Black Saturday (special non-working holiday)
April 1 Graduation
Last day of classes
4-8 Distribution of Cards
9 Araw ng Kagitingan (regular holiday)
11 Start of Summer Classes
May 1 Labor Day
Palarong Pambansa
16-21 Brigada Eskwela
21 End of Summer Classes and Final Examinations
23-27 Oplan Balik Eskwela