Summer school comes with a negative stigma. Only kids who are failing go, right? That’s not always the case. Many schools offer a summer program as enrichment, whether your child is behind or not. Before you pass off summer school as something your child doesn’t need, consider the benefits and what your school has to offer.
For some students, summer school is necessary to meet the requirements to move on to the next grade. Your child might have failed a class or failed to meet certain standards in the last grade she completed. In these cases, you might not have a choice but to send her to summer school unless she wants to repeat the grade.
In schools with a high population of ELL students, you might find a program specifically designed for those students. If your child fits into that category, an ELL summer school program could help her for the following school year.
Enrichment programs might be based around a specific theme or focus. For example, the school might offer themed science summer school programs. This gives your child a chance to explore a specific area in a laid back summer format.
Will She Benefit?
Most kids can benefit from some extra help in the summer. Being away from school can cause your child to lose knowledge that she gained throughout the school year. By sending her to summer school, she stays in the habit of learning. The activities can help her build more skills or catch up to grade level instead of losing knowledge.
Check out all of the summer school options your district has to offer before deciding whether or not to send your child. Some programs may come with a fee — especially enrichment classes that aren’t required. Check the grade levels for the different programs to see if your child qualifies.
Your child’s teacher can also be a big help in deciding whether or not to send her to summer school. Meet with your child’s teacher toward the end of the school year to see if she recommends summer school. She can also help you choose which program is the best option for your child if there is more than one option.