School board considers summer program to help struggling students

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sdusd signSAN DIEGO – The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education today will consider implementing a $1.9 million summer school program to try to help students in danger of being retained or who need to make up for poor grades in core classes.

A four-week program in elementary and middle schools would be established for children in grades one, three, and eight who are in danger of being held back.

According to the district, about 1,500 students in grades one and three are in danger of not advancing to the next grade level, based on whether they are making adequate progress in literacy and mathematics.

Another 600 eighth graders are at risk of not moving on to high school. Eighth graders who receive at least two Fs in core classes, like English/Language Arts, Mathematics, History/Social Studies, or Science, are required to take summer school or they will be retained, per San Diego Unified policy.

A proposed high school program would last six weeks for those who need to make up for D and F marks in core classes. The district estimates around 3,600 students were in danger of receiving Fs in the fall semester.

Also, a one-day bridging program would be arranged for those moving from eighth to ninth grades.

The SDUSD proposal calls for the elementary summer school programs to take place at Bay Park, Cherokee Point, Chollas Mead, Kimbrough, Lindbergh- Schweitzer, Mason, Whitman and Zamorano elementary schools.

The middle and high school summer school programs would be located at Henry, Hoover, Lincoln, Madison, Mira Mesa and San Diego High Schools.   Student transportation would not be provided.


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