The doors to the first year-round school in Western Wisconsin open July 18.

The early start date is a part of a pilot program in the La Crosse School District. Hamilton Early Learning Center is now operating under a 45-15 year-round school model.

The schedule will offer students nine-weeks, or 45 days, of instruction with a three-week, or 15 day, break throughout the school year.

You can learn all about the alternative calendar in this News 8 Special Presentation: Assignment: Education - Year-Round School. Watch the video below!