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May 17, 2013

Students can continue to learn during summer school

NORMAN — Q: I really don’t want my son sitting home all day during the summer months. Is summer school an option?

— Yvette, Oklahoma City

Dear Yvette,

While summer school is typically for those students who fail a class and need to make up a credit, it also can be a great tool to reinforce skills that might be a little shaky. We would not want you to use summer school classes as a punishment or babysitter.

We love the idea of continuing to learn throughout the summer. Classes are most often smaller, and more attention can be paid to individual students and their learning needs. Students are also freer from social distractions, and it’s a benefit to be able to concentrate on one subject. There is a fee for attending summer school, so you would need to check with your particular district to see what is required.

Talking to your child’s counselor is your next step if you are interested in pursuing this option for your son.

Q: My daughter will be a senior and has mentioned she is eligible for concurrent enrollment starting in the summer. I don’t even know what this is. Can you enlighten me?

— Claire, Newcastle

Dear Claire,

Concurrent enrollment is a great tool that wasn’t available back in our day. Beginning in the summer before a student’s senior year, the state will pay college tuition for up to six hours of credit per semester — summer, fall and spring. You will still be responsible for books and fees, but this greatly reduces the overall monetary output.

What this means is should your student take advantage of this opportunity, they could graduate from high school with up to 18 hours of college credit. Before ever graduating from high school, these students have already completed the first half of their college freshman year. What a deal!

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