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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, March 29, 2010

Record low 37 Hawaii public schools offering summer school

By Loren Moreno
Advertiser Education Writer


  • Seventeen high schools are expected to offer traditional summer school, while many more will likely offer some kind of “credit recovery” options for students who may have failed a class. Check with individual schools. Traditional summer school classes cost $160 for 120-hour sessions.

  • Registration for the state Department of Education’s E-School will begin May 3 and last through May 28. Visit www.eschool.k12.hi.us/.

  • The tentative list of summer school sites can be found on the DOE Web site at http://doe.k12.hi.us. Parents may also inquire with individual schools about “extended learning opportunities,” and tutoring over the summer.

    Source: state Department of Education

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    The number of public schools offering summer school has reached its lowest in recent years — only 37 — but dozens more are expected to offer “extended learning opportunities” to students who need the most help over the seven-week break.

    The total number of summer school sites is down from last year’s total of 48. And only 17 high schools have said so far that they would hold summer classes; no high schools on the Windward side are offering traditional summer school.
    But education officials say this doesn’t mean students will be left behind, especially high school students who may need to make up credits from classes they may have failed.
    Dozens of Title I elementary and intermediate schools are expected to hold “extended learning opportunities” for students struggling in the core content areas of reading and math. More than 90 schools held such tutoring sessions over the summer break last year, and officials expect a similar number this year.
    Many high schools, including Castle High School, are expected to offer online courses so that students who may have failed a class can recover the credits needed to graduate on time.