Non-traditional summer programs provide choice-based credit recovery opportunities
More students are choosing non traditional summer programs to meet state-mandated course requirements for graduation.Posted — Updated
In recent years, the traditional idea of “summer school” has begun to fade.
Different programs allow students to work on their recovery classes over the summer, on school breaks, after school, on weekends or at home on their own. As a result of this shift from traditional, mandated summer school to flexible, choice-based options, more students are choosing non traditional summer programs to meet state-mandated course requirements for graduation.
Among the programs geared to students seeking credit recovery are programs that combine physical challenges with a structured academic curriculum.
Choosing a quality program
Outdoor or skills-based programs are only one of many options for students seeking credit recovery opportunities. Some students seek out flexible online opportunities, while others prefer face-to-face learning.
There are several factors for parents and students to consider when choosing a credit recovery program; one of those is quality.
For parents and students concerned about program quality, Hargrave Military Academy’s director of enrollment management, Alice Hendrickson, gives advises to "check that the summer program you’re considering is fully-accredited by one of the six regional accreditation bodies in the United States."
Given the abundance of choices for credit recovery summer programs, parents and students can choose a quality program that best fits their needs.
"Programs that get students moving, improving social skills, learning leadership skills and challenging their fears are an opportunity to add character development as a goal in addition to the required credit recovery," said Dr. Jim Tung, academic dean at Hargrave.
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