ERIC Number: ED207127
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Summer School: A New Look. Fastback 158.
Dougherty, John W.
A brief history of the role of summer schools in American education provides the background for a discussion of how summer school can become an integral and expanded part of our school system. Summer school may be viewed as a viable alternative to retention, as part of the provision of equal education for handicapped students, and as an opportunity for students to strengthen basic skills. The summer program, however, should not simply duplicate the regular program. It needs to be innovative and flexible. Moreover, summer school can serve the needs of ambitious students by offering courses these students could not pursue during the year or by allowing some students to graduate early. Talented and gifted students can take advanced or special courses that utilize community resources or are specifically designed for them. The concept of the extended school year has also yielded plans that make use of school buildings during the summer, including extended summer school, the trimester plan, the multiple session plan, and the quarter plan. Whatever plan is followed, summer school should receive the same administrative care and planning as the regular session. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Basic Skills, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended School Year, Students, Summer Programs, Summer Schools, Supplementary Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.