Students attending summer school in the Washington School District won’t have much down time before the new session begins.
The last day of the regular school year is this Wednesday and just two days later, on Friday, the summer session will begin for high school students. Summer school for elementary and middle school students will get under way next Monday, June 9.
“It’s a very quick turnaround this year due to all of the snow days we had to make up,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Judy Straatmann.
“It’s particularly hard on the teachers who are trying to finish all of their grading for the regular school year and plan for the summer classes,” Straatmann said.
In the elementary division, summer school will be offered at two sites — Washington West and Marthasville.
“This way we can accommodate kids on both sides of the river,” Straatmann said. “Elementary students could choose to attend a half day or full day.”
At Marthasville, a total of 49 students are enrolled for the half day program, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon, and another 29 will attend from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There are 178 students enrolled for the summer session at Washington West for the half day and 112 for the full day.
Straatmann said core content and remediation will be the focus for the elementary and middle school students.
A total of 60 students are signed up for summer classes at the middle school, which are only offered in the morning.
At Washington High School, 275 students are enrolled for summer school.
“At the high school, it will be credit recovery in core content, and credit earning classes in personal finance, health and P.E.,” Straatmann said.
Driver’s education will again be offered as well.
All of the classes at WHS will be online, except for P.E. and driver’s ed.
“Every year, we try to make summer school better, and this year we are very excited about offering the courses online,” said Straatmann. “It allows us to offer more classes to our students. Students will also get the experience of participating in online courses in preparation of potential college course work that may be online.”
High school students will still be required to be on campus for the online classes.
“They will still have to come in the classroom and work on the computer with a teacher present,” Straatmann explained. “But we can have more students in a class this year with the teacher there to assist as needed.”
In the future, she said, there is the potential some online classes will be offered to students who would participate from their homes.
“We just felt since this was the first year to do this, we needed the students in the classroom where we can keep tabs on things and work out any kinks,” Straatmann said.
High school students could choose from two sessions — 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. or noon to 3 p.m.
The summer session will run until July 2 for both the elementary division and high school. Summer school at the middle school will end June 27.
Straatmann said summer school enrollment as a whole is up for this year from last.
A total of 26 teachers will instruct the classes — 14 at the elementary division, four at the middle school and eight at the high school.