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Summer School: Considerations for Extended Learning This Year

Summer School: Considerations for Extended Learning This Year

Do a quick search for quotes about summer and you’ll find a lot of nostalgia. Almost all of them celebrate summer as a carefree time of relaxed responsibility. But even before the pandemic, a traditional summer break from school was out of synch with modern-day life for many families. One of the reasons is the significant learning loss that can occur during those months.

“Summer slide” is how people in the education industry describe the loss of learning that some students experience after a long break between spring and fall semesters. It’s been a problem in education for a long time, but like so many things this year, problems that were challenges before the pandemic now have a new sense of urgency.

Before March 2020, many of our students were already taking the opportunity to learn year-round without the constraints of traditional school seasons to address learning gaps, recover credits for failed classes, and work ahead with an eye on college admissions.

Although many government leaders, education experts, and parents think that extending learning into summer this year is critical to helping students catch up, it’s not quite that simple.

Many teachers who have been going above and beyond are understandably exhausted. Also, their pay is calculated based on summer breaks, and most school districts haven’t budgeted for extended learning yet. While that could be changing with COVID relief funding available for summer school programs, some schools lack infrastructure, like air conditioning, to accommodate in-person learning during hot summer months.

Many parents are contacting us to find out what their options are for helping their students catch up or get ahead. Below we share a guide that will help you determine your needs and what might be the best fit for your student.

Learning Gaps

Many students miss out on learning key concepts but have to skip over them to keep up with unit work in class. The problem is that many subjects build on concepts and having gaps can weaken your student’s performance in later grades. How can you address this now and over the summer?

Credit Recovery

If your student has failed a class or is at-risk or failing one this semester, there are ways to recover the credit so your student can graduate on time.

Getting Ahead

Is your student typically motivated but frustrated by the disruption to their learning caused by the pandemic? Summer has always been a great time to work ahead and taking summer school courses for credit can help with college admissions.

Ready to ask your own questions about flexible options for helping your student continue their learning this summer? We’re here to help.

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