One in five students will hit the books this summer

Gilroy – Forget the beach, about one in five Gilroy Unified School District students will hit the books this summer. Based on projected estimates, about 2,000 students from elementary to high school will fill desks at El Roble, Brownell Academy and South Valley Middle School for summer school.

“It’s really intended for students that are retained or at risk of being retained. It’s for at–risk students,” said GUSD director of curriculum and instruction Olivia Schaad.

Summer school is state funded and classes begin Monday. Space is limited.

If students registered for summer school do not attend class Monday morning their slot will be given away to one of the hundreds of students on the district’s waiting list, Schaad warned.

For pre–kindergarten to eighth grade students, the school day lasts four and half hours until July 25. High school students are typically repeating courses they failed in a six week session – three weeks per semester.

Math remediation lasts all day from 8am to 2:30pm.

Elementary classes for about 520 will be held at El Roble under the direction of summer school principal Paula Cornia.

“Summer school fills up all of El Roble,” Schaad said.

Grades four through eight are held at South Valley, serving an additional 600 students.

Due to construction and upgrades at the high school, about 950 students will be housed at Brownell Academy, which will be overseen by acting principal Greg–Camacho Light.

Last year, about 1,700 students attended summer school.

According to Schaad, 35 percent of students enrolled are English Language Learners and 30 percent are migrant students.

Nearly 65 GUSD teachers instruct during the summer using programs such as Early Success, Soar to Success and Rosetta Stone to get students up to state literacy standards.

An additional program called Pass is designed for migrant education students to stay on track in high school.

Literacy programs for parents are offered at night.

Summer may be here – but school is still in session.

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