New classes will be geared for students who want to get ahead
By Jennifer Eisenbart
For years, the words “summer school” meant one thing and one thing only – you had to retake a class in order to get credit for it.
Now, though, the philosophy has begun to change – and Burlington Area School District is stepping up to follow that.
Starting this summer, Burlington High School hopes to offer several different summer school classes for students who want to get ahead. Providing there is enough interest, BHS will “dabble” in full-credit courses, according to the presentation made at the BASD Curriculum Committee meeting Monday night.
“A lot of people around us are offering full-credit courses,” said BHS Principal Eric Burling, who added he receives inquiries from students all the time wanting to get ahead in their course work.
So, this summer, BHS will offer geometry, consumer economics, health, physical education 10-12, personal finance and the “Freshmen Connections” class.
Burling said the decision was made to go with this small offering first and see how many students sign up.
The reasons are varied. By taking geometry as a summer class, students free up their regular schedule to take more higher-level elective math classes. Consumer economics and personal finance fill requirements for graduation, so it again would free up students to take more electives during the school year.
“I’m hoping it is something that might pique an interest,” said Burling.
The more traditional summer school classes – students involved in credit recovery – will also be offered, but likely with one teacher and students using the Odyssey online learning program.
Burling is optimistic that the enrichment classes will not require too much additional staff.
BASD Superintendent Peter Smet said the change will be interesting to witness.
“It’s an interesting change in the culture,” said Smet, referencing the days when students only came to summer school because they had to. “It’ll be interesting to see how it turns out.”