In many states, including Pennsylvania, summer enrichment programs are in full bloom. Students are using summer school for much more than just remediation, they are enrolling in enrichment programs for literacy, math, science, etc.
"It's not just for recovery any more, " says Krisitn Kruger, executive directory of K-12 instruction for the Allentown School District.
The goal is to run a self-sufficient program that is fused with the district's cyberschool in which students could take enrichment courses, remedial classes or "move ahead in their curriculum and maybe even graduate early," he says.
"We have a lot of visions for summer school," Furst says. "We want to be able to offer more."
The district is in the stages of studying its options, he says, and it could become the norm in three or four years. Other area school districts have revamped their summer programs to benefit students.
Weigh in on your stance on summer school in your district and read more about one district's vision for an enriching summer school program.
Related links: Summer school enrichment programs at Stanford University
Summer school enrichment programs at University of California San Diego
Pre college summer school enrichment programs at Brown University
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