Summer School

  • Summer School is a great opportunity for current 8th through 12th grade students to retrieve credit or get ahead on some elective credits. This year, families can select hybrid in-person or full distance learning attendance at Summer School.

    Summer School for hybrid and full distance learning students begins on Tuesday, July 6. All Summer School courses end on August 5.

    Registration for Summer School will open by 8:00AM Wednesday, May 19. The last day for registration is Wednesday, June 30.

    Cost for the Summer School session:

    • Credit Retrieval/Initial Credit: $100 registration fee for the entire Summer School session (this includes Early Start and Regular Start)
      • Qualified for reduced-price lunch: $50 registration fee for the entire Summer School session
      • Qualified for free lunch: $25 registration fee for the entire Summer School session
    • Extension Students: $25 fee
    • Please contact your counselor if facing financial hardship during this time.

    Please review the Frequently Asked Questions section below for full details.

    Interested in attending Summer School this year? Follow these steps!

    • Step 1: Communicate directly with your school counselor to determine which courses are eligible for Summer School and meet your graduation credit needs.
    • Step 2: Complete the Online Registration Form to initiate the registration process. There is a lot of information collected by the form, all of which is required for us to enroll you in Summer School through EdOptions. The information will only be used for Summer School purposes.
    • Step 3: Pay the required fees through the following process.
      • Pay by school website
        • Go to your school’s website
        • Click “Online Payments”
        • Click “Direct Payment Link”
        • Sign in with your parent Family ID and Password
        • Choose the applicable Summer School student to pay the fee
        • Choose “Pay Fines/Fees”
        • Click the Summer School Fee to pay (this will place the fee in your cart)
        • Click “Check out”
        • Fill in card information and pay now
      • Pay by check/cash in person
        • Email summer_school@sumnersd.org stating you need to pay in person.  Include your student’s name, student ID, and a phone number.
        • You will receive a call from Dawn Palumbo to set up a time to meet at the District Office for payment.
    • Step 4: Complete the attestation form if the student will be attending hybrid in-person.
    • Step 5: Watch for a confirmation email and communication from your Online Learning Manager and EdOptions about how to login and get started!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Summer School happening in-person this year?

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    We are offering in-person hybrid and full distance options for Summer School this year. Hybrid students will attend in person either Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday (no Summer School on Fridays). Students are expected to work in the online platform at home on the days they are not in-person. Full distance Summer School students must work in the online platform for a minimum of 3-4 hours daily (Monday through Thursday) in order to make adequate progress. Note that hybrid students will have transportation available if needed. Full distance learning students may only come to campus if they prearrange office hours with theirOnline Learning Manager and transportation will NOT be provided for those students.

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  • Do hybrid in-person students and Online Learning Managers need to follow health & safety protocols?

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    Yes! All health and safety guidelines in place for the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District will remain in place for Summer School. Cloth face coverings will be required for all students and staff on site, aswell as health screenings upon entry, and physical distancing while on campus. We will also require completion of anattestation form before students begin Summer School in-person. Please see sumnersd.org/covidsafetyplan for more detailed information on our requirements and safety practices.

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  • Why would I take Summer School classes in Sumner?

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    Summer School classes mainly support three different needs: 

    • Credit Retrieval Students are students who failed a course or earned an Incomplete (I) during the school year and want to make-up the credit by retaking the class.
    • Initial Credit Students are students who want to take a 0.5 credit/1 semester class for the first time in order to accelerate or get ahead in credits.
    • Extension Students are students who were enrolled in an online course during the school year and didn’t quite finish. These students can “extend” their coursework into the summer session for a fee.
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  • What are the classes like?

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    Summer School classes in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District are run through an online platform called EdOptions. All course content, assignments, exams, etc. are in an online format. Course content aligns to Washington State Learning Standards and meets our expectations for rigorous coursework. These classes will be different from what students experienced in their SBLSD distance learning classes as there are no Zoom sessions to attend and classes are run through EdOptions directly.

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  • What classes can I take?

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    There are a range of course options for students, but students should work with their counselor to ensure their course selection aligns with their graduation credit needs.

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  • Who can attend?

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    Summer School is for Sumner-Bonney Lake School District students whose 2020-2021 grade level was 8-12.

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  • When is Summer School?

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    Summer School is a five-week program that will begin on Tuesday, July 6 and end on Thursday, August 5. Students will need to attend on their assigned hybrid days from 8:00AM-11:00AM. The last day for registration is Wednesday, June 30, and all Summer School courses (including final exams) must be completed no later than 11:00AM Thursday, August 5.

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  • Where is Summer School held?

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    Hybrid in-person Summer School will be held at Sumner High School (1707 Main Street, Sumner). Full distance learning students will need to log into their courses from home, but will receive regular guidance from their online teacher and the Online Learning Manager. All students can work on their courses from home at any time and are encouraged to do so in order to complete the course within the five-week time frame.

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  • What does it cost to attend?

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    ●    Credit Retrieval/Initial Credit: $100 registration fee for the entire Summer School session
                  ○    Qualified for reduced-price lunch: $50 registration fee for the entire Summer School session
                  ○    Qualified for free lunch: $25 registration fee for the entire Summer School session
    ●    Extension Students: $25 fee
    ●    Please contact your counselor if facing financial hardship during this time.

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  • What are the attendance requirements?

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    Past experience has taught us that daily progress is critical for success in Summer School! Students attending hybrid in-person can miss no more than four in-person days (if a fifth day is missed, the student will be dropped from their class with no refund). Full distance learning students must log in daily (Monday through Thursday) and show adequate progress (if adequate progress is not being made, the student will be dropped from their class with no refund). The online classes are fairly self-paced, so a student can (and should) work on the course at any time in addition to the recommended minimum 3-4 hours per day, four days per week. It is also important to note that once a student finishes the entire course (all coursework and the final exam), they are done! Many students work extra hard to finish early, so that they do not have to continue working on courses late into July.

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  • Who teaches Summer School?

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    The official teacher of record is an online instructorhired by EdOptions. This teacher will communicate via email, phone, and text through the EdOptions system in support of student learning, but is not an SBLSDteacher. To provide additional support to students, we have Online Learning Managers who will help monitor student progress, supervise students in attendance, and communicate with students and families regarding deadlines and progress. For the most part, a student’s only content-area support is through the long-distance online teacher. Students who are successful are highly motivated and willing to self-advocate if they begin to struggle.

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  • How many classes can I take in Summer School?

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    Students can take ONE 0.5 credit (one semester) class at a time.

    For most students, completion of a 0.5 credit course will take the entire regular start Summer School five-week session. 

    • Highly motivated Credit Retrieval Students who complete their first 0.5 credit/1 semester course by Wednesday, July 21 may then enroll in a second 0.5 credit/1 semester course which must be completed by Thursday, August 5. 
    • Initial Credit Students may only take one 0.5 credit/1 semester course through our Summer School program. 
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  • Do I have to take the whole session or can I just finish part of the class and still pass?

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    In order to receive credit for any Summer School class, students must complete all coursework and the final no later than Thursday, August 5. Students who do not finish the class receive zeros for all missing coursework and exams, which typically leads to a very low grade (often an F). It is important that students finish all parts of the course.

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  • How do Summer School classes impact my transcript and GPA?

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    Summer School classes are real classes with real grades attached. Any class taken during Summer School will appear on the student’s official high school transcript with the grade earned for the class. This includes students previously in grade 8.

    All coursework and the final exam must be completed for EdOptions to issue a grade. If a student doesnot complete the class, a grade of F will be posted tothe official high school transcript.

    • Credit Retrieval and Transcripts: Once a course/grade is posted to a transcript, it cannot be removed. If a student fails a course and takes CreditRetrieval in Summer School, the failed course will still appear on the transcript but the grade will no longer calculate into the cumulative GPA. The new course will be added to the transcript, and the new grade will be calculated into the cumulative GPA.
    • Initial Credit and Transcripts: Once a course/grade is posted to a transcript, it cannot be removed. When students take a class in Summer School for Initial Credit, it is placed on the transcript the same way the course would be if it was taken duringthe regular school year.
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  • What if I want to retrieve credit for an advanced course (Honors, Pre-AP, IB or AP)?

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    We do not offer any advanced courses during Summer School. If a student wants to take the Summer School course in order to get a credit for a failed advanced course, they may do so for credit purposes only. The grade for the summer course will not replace the advanced course in the GPA calculation since it is not the same class.

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  • What are the rules and expectations for behavior?

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    Summer School operates under the same rules, guidelines, and expectations that we have for hybrid and full distance  learning during the regular school year. It is expected that students are respectful of self,staff, and students.

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  • What if I start a Summer School class and decide it’s not for me? Can I drop the class?

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    Students who start Summer School and decide not to continue can drop the course, but there are certain deadlines that guide possible refunds and overall transcript consequences.

    • If a student initially registers but decides to dropbefore actually starting the course, they will receive a full refund and nothing is posted to the student’s transcript.
    • If a student drops on or before ten school days aftertheir official start date, they will receive a 50%refund and a “W” will be posted to the student’s transcript.
    • If a student drops more than ten school days aftertheir official start date, there is no refund and an “F” will be posted to the student’s transcript.
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  • How do I know if attending Summer School is the right choice?

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    Summer School requires a high level of commitmentand motivation. Students who typically are successful work in the online program beyond the recommended minimum 3-4 hours per day, four days per week and are willing to self-advocate if they reach content thatis extra challenging. These students follow a regular schedule of online work and are focused and productive throughout their online course time. If a student is committedto retrieving credit or earning an initial 0.5 credit and willing to work in an online environment, Summer School is a great option. If you have a busy summer schedule (such as full-time work, taking care of siblings, etc.), Summer School may not be the best fit, and you will want to discuss other credit retrieval/initial credit options with your counselor. We also do not recommend doubling up on summer programs (for example, if a student is enrolling in Pierce County Skills Center classes, we highly recommend they do not also enroll in Summer School).

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  • I’ve decided I want to give this Summer School thing a try. How do I sign up?

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    There are several steps to the registration process, all to ensure that everyone has the correct information needed to set you up for Summer School success!

    Step 1: Communicate directly with your school counselor to determine which courses are eligible for Summer School and meet your graduation credit needs.

    Step 2: Complete the Online Registration Form to initiate the registration process. There is a lot of information collected by the form, all of which is required for us to enroll you in Summer School through EdOptions. The information will only be used for Summer School purposes.

    Step 3: Pay the required fees through the following process.:

    Pay by school website

    • Go to your school’s website
    • Click "Online Payments"
    • Click "Direct Payment Link"
    • Sign in with your parent Family ID and Password
    • Choose the Summer School student to pay the fee
    • Follow the prompts

    OR -- Pay by check/cash in person:

    • Email summer_school@sumnersd.org stating you need to pay in person.  Include your student’s name, student ID, and a phone number.
    • You will receive a call from Dawn Palumbo to set up a time to meet at the District Office for payment.

    Step 4: Complete the attestation form if the studentwill be attending hybrid in-person.

    Step 5: Watch for a confirmation email and communication from your Online Learning Manager and EdOptions about how to login and get started!

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