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Thousands of students face mandatory summer classes
By Anonymous on Jun 8, 2004 01:03 PM
Summer school classes begin June 21, but with a new twist.
Summer school will be mandatory this year for a few groups of students:
- Students in grades 3 through 8 who have failed reading or math;
- Students in grades 3 through 8 who fall below the 26th percentile in their scores in reading or math on the TerraNova standardized test - unless they fall just below that cutoff and meet additional performance criteria;
- Students in grades 3 and 8 who have failed any major subject.
The students sent to remedial summer school face the threat of grade retention. To be promoted, students in grades 3 and 8 must meet the District's summer school standards for attendance, effective completion of academic modules, and satisfactory performance on a nationally normed test. The same standards for retension are recommended but not mandated for students in grades 4-7, District officials say.
District officials are predicting a surge in enrollment, with as many as 93,000 students participating in programs this summer - two-thirds of those in remedial programs and the rest in a variety of enrichment classes. Last year, summer school enrollment was 37,000 students.
Classes are for six weeks, Monday through Thursday, with four hours of instruction each day; optional afternoon enrichment activities are available. All students will be provided breakfast and lunch.
For the first time, an optional summer school program will be offered to first and second graders. In addition, high school students in grades 9-12 will be able to earn credits toward graduation.
Enrichment camps will be available at all grade levels in a variety of subjects, from robotics to writing. Kinder Camps will be offered for Pre-K and kindergarten students who need academic support.