The Norman Transcript

May 17, 2013

Students can continue to learn during summer school

The Norman Transcript

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!

School districts allow dual credit for these college courses, meaning they can get high school as well as college credit for the same class. Check with your daughter’s counselor as to which college classes would be the most beneficial. Your daughter will first need to take an ACT exam for admission and make a minimum of 19 as her composite score.

You will need to obtain an official copy of her high school transcript and fill out the college admission application. Her counselor should have the form verifying her ACT score as well as her current enrollment documentation, which is also needed.

This is such an excellent opportunity for college-bound students to transition into college classes. We highly recommend it.

Please send questions to Sally and Jeannie are certified school counselors with 49 years combined educational experience. Jeannie has two children, Sally three. The responses presented don’t necessarily reflect the views of any certain school district.