Religious and Cultural Holiday Information

  • One of our many goals as an educational institution is to be sensitive to and respectful of the diverse voices, experiences, ideas, and religions within our community.  These efforts are in alignment with our strategic plan, New Trier 2030, and our emphasis on helping our students, staff, and families feel like they belong in the New Trier community. Each year, we provide our staff with a list of some of the major religious and cultural holidays observed in our community during the school year. Then as breaks and holidays approach, we email staff a reminder with information about the holiday’s observance.

    For students who are honoring religious or cultural observances, including those that are not a day off in our school calendar, we work together as a school community to be sensitive, understanding, and flexible. Teachers will consider what assignments can be forgiven. If assignments must be completed, students must be able to make up assignments that are due during the holiday period or immediately after. Teachers must work with students to determine an appropriate time to make up assessments and any major assignments that are required and were missed due to their observances. 

    We ask teachers to discuss what will be covered and collaborate on a plan with students so they can make up assignments and assessments without penalty. Students observing these days also should be excused from athletic, performing arts, or club obligations. If a student has a question or concern, they should bring it up with their adviser, teacher, coach, or sponsor. All staff have been advised of the school’s commitment to allowing students to observe holidays with their families. 

    Here are the major holidays and descriptions we share with our staff. While the list is not exhaustive, it covers many of the observances our students and families have shared with us as significant.

2023-24 School Year Religious and Cultural Holiday Dates and Information

  • September 2023

  • November 2023

  • December 2023

  • February 2024

  • March 2024

  • April 2024

  • May 2024

  • June 2024