Oklahoma City Public Schools embark on summer-school-free summer

School officials will not hold summer school classes due to the district's new extended-learning program.
BY BRYCE ARENS barens@opubco.com Published: June 2, 2012

In a break from tradition, Oklahoma City Public Schools will not offer summer school classes this summer as the district continues to implement its extended-learning calendar.

The district has redirected the money used for summer school to intersessions offered during one-week sessions coinciding with the fall, winter and spring breaks. In 2011, the district spent $928,818 on summer school, which included salaries, transportation and instructional supplies. That money was used in the same way to provide intersession classes throughout the just-concluded school year.

The intersession classes provide students who need extra help in reading and math a chance to work with teachers in a smaller class environment.

“We wanted to combat the summer learning loss that we found in students,” school district Deputy Superintendent Sandra Park said. “Intersessions help students who need extra instruction during the year much like the help that was provided in summer school in the past.”

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