August 29, 2016 - 11:31 AM
KAMLOOPS - This year’s summer school in Kamloops saw fewer secondary students, but an increase of elementary students.
The two opposite trends might be related, assistant superintendent Bill Hamblett says, due to earlier action for younger students.
“It suggests earlier intervention is having an impact on students success,” he says.
In a report to the school board, summer school attendance number show an increase in elementary students over the past six years, from 218 in 2011 to 346 this summer, while high school students have dropped from 278 to 101 over the same period.
Hamblett says these trends might be related, as students are enrolled in summer school at an earlier age, which lessens the help needed later.
The decreasing secondary student numbers could also be caused by an overall decrease in student numbers over the last few years, Hamblett says.
Summer school programs for elementary age children were reading and math, while secondary students had math, science, English and social studies options.
The summer school ran over budget this year, though costs and budget were lower compared to last year. Hamblett says it’s a minor amount compared to the over school district budget and isn’t a concern.
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