K-8 summer school enrollment is down nearly 100 students from last year, school officials said last week. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Kathy Collins said the numbers are proof that the school system's attitude toward achievement is working.
"Our numbers are down this year, and it's a wonderful thing," she said. "We're doing what the intent of the program is. We're developing our kids' skill to the extent that our children are achieving, and that's a good thing."
Students who fail to meet promotion standards are placed in academic summer school, whereas all students are invited to enrichment summer school, which is conducted as part of the 21st Century After-School program. Last year, 321 elementary and middle school students enrolled in summer school, whereas 219 have signed up this year.
Enrichment summer school focuses more on challenging academics than traditional summer school, and as a result, students in the program won't be just sitting in the classroom all summer. For example, they'll have the chance to have some of their writing work published and go on field trips.
"We do a lot of hands-on applications," said Dr. Collins.
Both academic and enrichment summer schools end later this month.
While enrollment statistics at Thomson High School have yet to be finalized, preliminary reports show that there are more students set for summer school than last year. There are also two types of summer school at the high school level.
"We have summer school going on for those students that are seeking Carnegie units," said Dr. Collins.
She said that the increased numbers in summer school show that students are taking their studies more seriously.
"The students are more aware of their need to take the courses that they have not successfully completed during the school year because the graduation test has to be taken," said Dr. Collins.
Starting in July, remedial summer school will be available to students who haven't completed any part of the Georgia High School Graduation Test. Students need to contact the high school to enroll.