Recently a reader commented that making a version of the compact calendar for the academic year would be quite handy. While it’s possible to modify the existing calendar, I recognized the value of having a ready-to-go version for harried teachers. The new Excel and PDF versions are designed for the United States academic year, which starts roughly around Labor Day. As a bonus, I’ve added a few new features.
Requires Excel 2007 or higher – I’ve upped the requirement from Excel 1997 (over 14 years old) to Excel 2007. This allows me to use a nicer version of the shading in the corners, and I can start using some decent-looking color schemes. The Excel 1997 colors are really ugly.
Arbitrary Starting Day – I’ve updated all the formulas to accept any starting date instead of assuming that the calendar starts on January 1. Note that the calendar will always shows the week before the actual starting day, just to be on the safe side.
New Month Separators – Earlier this year, Daniel Kinal of Melbourne, Australia sent me a modification of the Compact Calendar that had a nice way of doing month separation lines. I hadn’t realized that the formula for this would be quite so elegant…score!!!
Improved PDF Design – I tweaked the raw Excel output to use the official Dave Seah font, Proxima Nova Condensed, and manually-added the key holiday names. I really like the way it looks.
Download Academic School Year Calendar
Go grab it from the new Academic Compact Calendar Page, in the Productivity Tools section of the site.