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Studying in the Summer: Successes and Pitfalls for Children and Schools

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David Chottiner

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of Studying in the Summer: Successes and Pitfalls for Children and Schools

Students and Parents Elementary and Middle School Students
Fear of "Summer Slide"
Certain cultures expect school 12 months a year
Some kids really need additional help
Some kids might not want to be there... Faculty/Curriculum Committees
May expect courses to follow the traditional curricula of the schools.
Might demand that school faculty to teach the courses
Few faculty may WANT to teach the courses.
Still significant pockets of teachers that do not believe in traditional school over the summer. You Critical Questions What kind of Summer School do you want to have? Make Money for the School
Expand your Summer Programs
Connect with different members of your community
Provide a service that is mission-appropriate for the school Studying in the Summer: Successes and Pitfalls for Summer Programs, Schools and Children
Upper School Students

Attempt to "get ahead" in the curriculum
Attempt to "ease" difficult schedules in the year to come.
Take a difficult course over the summer for focus.
Some kids might not want to be there... How will the program "fit" with the rest of your Summer Programs? Who is your target audience? What is the general consensus of multiple constituencies at your school on "summer schooling?" Kids from your school? Kids from other schools? Or... Logistics
Hybridization with other camps
Administrative structure
Location
Mission and Advertising Traditional for-credit?
Physics
Chemistry
US History
Health I
Geometry Traditional not-for-credit?
Elementary and Middle School Math and Language Arts Courses
College Essay Writing
High School Math Prep
Conversational Languages
Funky?
Studying Pittsburgh's Rivers
Middle School Robotics I and II
Camp-like Classes
Key Goals Courses offered
Credit options
Consistent Curriculum
Salaries
Appropriate placement of students Aligns with the mission of the school
Develops positive interactions with internal and external communities
Makes money Ease of credit transfer
Price of courses
Transportation
Cross-registrations Shady Side's Summer School 180 students
21 faculty/admin
For credit, non-for-credit options
Credits transfer to every other independent school in Pittsburgh, along with most public school districts
Generally happy kids and families
Huge profit center - nearly 100k/year.


The good Needs a full-time director in order to make good and permanent connections with other schools
Complex logistics with on-site camps
Many teachers are not from SSA
Requires a separate administrative team.

The Bad The Ugly Before 2013, no diagnostic testing before the first day of class
Camp staff and Summer School staff rarely interacted
Difficulty in scheduling led to poorly conceived collections of kids
Administrative positions can appear to be very cushy and well-paid.
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