A new kind of summer school is taking shape, which prepares incoming high school students for success, instead of remediating failure.
The Summer College Readiness Academy is operating this year for the first time in the Napa Valley Unified School District. It is a math program for incoming freshmen at four high schools.
“The goal of the summer program is to prepare students for high school mathematics, transition to high school, and meet college and career ready requirements,” said Ivan Chaidez, the district’s executive director of Achievement & Innovation.
The month long program is sponsored by UC Davis and the Migrant Education Program. The student who recently completed middle school share struggles with math classes.
“I did really well in math up until eighth grade where I just didn’t get [it],” said Zander Lipari, who found the “graphs and slopes and logarithms” to be “really difficult.”