In our country people use dismissal time to talk about end of a day at school:

What is the dismissal time of this school?

And sometimes:

What time does the school dismisses?

I have checked few online dictionaries but none have used the word dismiss to mean end of a day at school.

I wish to know that how far it is appropriate to the ears of a native English speaker.

  • It's true that teachers often say Class [is] dismissed to indicate that the lesson is over and students can now leave the classroom. But we wouldn't use either the verb to dismiss or the noun dismissal for your context. I think the most likely way of phrasing the question would be What time does [the] school finish? I personally wouldn't normally include the article (the) there. Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 16:00
  • @FumbleFingers Dismissal (n) and dismiss (v) are used idiomatically in U.S. schools, often in writing (on a website or parent information guide). One will often see "Dismissal: 2:30 PM" or "Students are dismissed at 2:30 PM." It would sound a bit stiff and formal verbally; one will more often hear "What time does school get out?" or "What time do you get out of school?"
    – TypeIA
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 16:13
  • When I was in school here in New England in the 1980's it certainly was used. Your first example is the sort of thing we said. But your second example seems odd. You have the school doing the dismissing. We would have asked: "What time is school dismissed." or "At what time do they dismiss school."
    – David42
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 16:15
  • One potential problem with dismiss in such contexts is it can also be used to mean [semi-] permanently excluded / sent away, as per Something is radically wrong when five per cent of our University students are dismissed at one time for inefficiency. The University will not cure the disease by wholesale dismissal of students; that is merely treating the symptoms. Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 16:34
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    as a british speaker it sounds very wrong.
    – WendyG
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 17:10

2 Answers 2


British English does use: the teacher dismissed the class, so does AmE.

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I started to cry and the teacher dismissed the class and put his arm around my shoulder and told me not to worry. He issued me with a blow-up mattress and I ... the teacher dismissed the class



The teacher dismissed the class at the end of lesson.

UK, dismissed the class

A person dismisses a class or group of people. School does not "dismiss"

But, in idiomatic English:

  • What time does your school get out?
  • What time does your school let out?
  • What time does your school day end?

formal: At what time does your teacher dismiss your class?

"dismissal time" is OK, but only in formal terms.

When you check the word dismiss in a dictionary, it is about people doing the action, not things.

Also, bear in mind: the teacher was dismissed. or The school dismissed the teacher = fired.


I have checked few online dictionaries but none have used the word dismiss to mean end of a day at school.

The top two (and certainly many more) search results use it as an example sentence.


Definition of dismiss

transitive verb

1: to permit or cause to leave

dismiss the visitors

Class is dismissed.



verb (used with object)

to direct (an assembly of persons) to disperse or go:

I dismissed the class early.

It's perfectly normal to use the word "dismiss" in relation to class and school.

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