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Hart district kicks off summer school

Over 6,000 students register for classes

Posted: June 17, 2008 1:34 a.m.
Updated: August 18, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Students walk through the West Ranch High School campus Monday morning on the first day of summer school.

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The Hart district's summer school program started bright and early at 7 a.m. Monday, with students enrolled in summer classes returning to school after just a one-week break.

"I guess one week was enough, but two would have been better," said Hart senior Ashley Larsen, who is attending summer school at West Ranch High School. "I haven't taken a physical science class yet, so I need to make up those credits - I didn't fail anything."

The William S. Hart Union High School District's summer school offers remedial classes for students who failed classes during the past year, and enrichment classes for students who want to get ahead or improve their grades. A record number of 6,906 students have registered for summer school this year.

Summer school will meet daily through July 18, with the exception of the July 4 holiday. Two periods will be offered each day, running from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 9:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The early start gives students and staff the benefit of a full afternoon off, avoids the worst of summer heat, and allows the district to save on electrical rates, which go up after noon in the summer.

Hart sophomore David Jacomb and West Ranch junior Lauren Stratton were both at West Ranch Monday to take health.

"I'm going to take health to get ahead, so I don't have to take it during the regular school year," David said. "I think it will definitely be worth it."

"My friends took health last summer - a lot of kids do it," Lauren said.

The district offers a summer special education program for students whose Individualized Education Program calls for year-round educational services. Students can also participate in the district's Intensive Literacy Program, Segue and X-Treme Math programs during the summer.

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