Many parents debate if or not to send their children to summer school. The decision is not always an easy one and understanding what a summer school is and what it is not, what the programs offer and if or not your child would benefit from attending one can make the decision much easier. Summer schools are programs of study sponsored by a school or school district during the months of summer vacations. Usually these programs lasting anywhere from six to ten weeks depending on the school and the course of study. Most of the schools offer a wide variety of summer courses. It is important to understand that these schools offer more than just academic courses. A summer school, for instance, may offer the basic reading, writing and arithmetic classes. Furthermore it can offer cooking classes, courses geared towards the arts and other recreational areas of study. A lot of people have misconceived notions about what a summer school is.
Summer schools are not geared towards under-performing children, nor are they merely programs for children with special needs contrary to what some people may believe. It is important to understand that all the programs in these schools can be as varied as the programs that are made available to students throughout the school year. There are a wide range of students who can benefit from offerings in each summer school, from academically-gifted students to those who need remedial assistance. He or she could benefit greatly from a summer school program that is geared towards college prep in case you have a student who thrives on academic challenge; whereas a student with learning disabilities would do very well in a summer school program that is designed to assist with his or her remedial needs. Many of the parents are confused as to the differences between summer schools and summer camps. It used to be that the schools were academically-orientated institutions while summer camps were more geared towards recreation. However, in our days the differences between these schools and camps are diminishing and because of this many schools are offering recreational programs while many of the camps are offering educational opportunities.
Summer schools offer students a wide variety of benefits. Foremost and first, the schools offer students an opportunity to pursue their personal and academic interests during the summer months when regular school is not in session. Also these schools keep children occupied and out of trouble, offer a social environment where students are able to stay in touch with one another during the summer and fulfill the educational needs for both students who need remedial assistance and gifted students. Summer school can offer you child educational challenges throughout the summer months in case you have a gifted student when the regular school is not in session. It can also provide as a college preparatory program that prepares your student for the future.