Most school districts are out for the summer or will be within a couple of days. But for some children their academic year is extended if they attend summer school. Here are some reasons why it might be a good idea.
Short duration – Most summer school sessions are about a month in duration. There will still be 2 months after it’s over. It gives ample time for vacation plans or chilling out for a while.
Learning more – It keeps your child’s mind educationally engaged and active. They are focused on learning new things.
Jump start – Students will get a preview or a possible opportunity to take courses that are geared for the next grade that they will be entering in. It puts them ahead of the game. For high school students it gives them the chance to take electives in advance and perhaps have more than enough credits by time they graduate.
Parents – Working parents have peace of mind knowing where their children are and don’t have to pay for a babysitter for at least a month.. While parents will often accumulate their vacation time to be off when their kids are, that is not always an option that they have.
Second chance – Some children will attend summer school if they are in danger of failing their grade or need to repeat a particular course in order to pass.
Not home alone – Children who attend summer school avoid being home by themselves. It prevents them from running the streets unsupervised and possibly getting into trouble.
Social outlet – Not all schools in a particular district will have summer school. However, there is usually a place where they can attend even if it is not at their particular school. And because of that they have an opportunity to meet other students thus making new friends.
More relaxed – Although learning is still taking place, it is often in a more relaxed and less rigid environment. This puts the student at ease. There may even be more individualized attention if the class size is small.
Retaining skills – Children will most likely retain most of their skills by time the new school year comes around. While they may have to brush up on some they will probably adapt to the new school year a lot easier and faster.
While every child will not be attending summer school it is at least something that should be given a lot of consideration to. If it helps your child to accelerate academically by the sacrifice of a month of summer vacation, it might well be worth the effort.