Summer School

  • Summer School is a great opportunity for students in grades 8 - 12 to retrieve credit or get ahead on some elective credits. This year, our Summer School program will run remotely.

     

    REGISTRATION PERIOD:  May 20 - June 24

    Students can choose one of two sessions:

    Early Start Session:  June 8 - July 30

    Regular Start Session:  June 29 - July 30

     

    REGISTRATION FEE:

    • $100 (Reduced-Price Meals Qualified $50, Free Meals Qualified $25)
    • Current Online Course Students (Extension): $25 fee

    Please contact your school counselor if facing financial hardship.

     

    REGISTRATION PROCESS:

    Step 1: Email your school counselor to determine which courses are eligible for Summer School and meet your graduation credit needs.  Access directory information here (BLHS, SHS)

    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 online or in person:

    Pay by credit card via our online payments system:

    • Sign in with your Family Access username 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

    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: 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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    The short answer to that is no. All Summer School learning will happen remotely with students logging in at home. Please see some of the answers below for additional information about how Summer School will be run this year. 

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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. 

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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. Please see the online registration form for the full list of options.

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  • Who can attend?

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    Summer School is for Sumner-Bonney Lake School District students whose 2019-2020 grade level was 8-12.

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  • When is Summer School?

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    There are essentially two options this year for when students can attend Summer School virtually. 

    • Early Start: In this option, students can begin their course as early as Monday, June 8th. Students will need to continue to complete coursework for their regular SBLSD schedule of classes during the remainder of the school year. Students would have a full eight weeks to complete their class. 
    • Regular Start: In this option, students will begin their Summer School coursework on Monday, June 29th. This later start allows students to stay focused on their current SBLSD classes until the regular school year is complete. Students would have five weeks to complete their class. 

    The last day for registration is Wednesday, June 24th, and all Summer School courses (including final exams) must be completed no later than Thursday, July 30th. This is the final date for Early and Regular Start. 

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  • Where is Summer School held?

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    Summer School this year will be held “remotely.” Students will need to log into their courses from home, but will receive regular guidance from their online teacher and the Online Learning Manager. 

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  • What does it cost to attend?

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    REGISTRATION FEE:

    • $100 (Reduced-Price Meals Qualified $50, Free Meals Qualified $25)
    • Current Online Course Students (Extension): $25 fee

    Please contact your school counselor if facing financial hardship.

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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! Since students will be attending remotely, their “attendance” will occur through weekly communication with their Online Learning Manager. Students must also log into their courses at least four times per week. 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 2 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 instructor hired by EdOptions. This teacher will communicate via email, phone, and text through the EdOptions system in support of student learning, but is not an SBLSD teacher. To provide additional support to students, we have Online Learning Managers who will help monitor student progress, supervise students in remote 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 Thursday, July 16th may then enroll in a second 0.5 credit/1 semester course which must be completed by Thursday, July 30th. 
    • 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, July 30th. 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 does not complete the class, a grade of F will be posted to the 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 Credit Retrieval 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 during the 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 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 remote 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 drop before 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 after their 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 after their 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 commitment and motivation. Students who typically are successful work in the online program beyond the recommended minimum 2 hours per day, four days per week and are willing to self-advocate if they reach content that is 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 committed to 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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    Step 1: Email your school counselor to determine which courses are eligible for Summer School and meet your graduation credit needs.  Access directory information here (BLHS, SHS)

    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 online or in person:

    Pay by credit card via our online payments system:

    • Sign in with your Family Access username 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

    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: 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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