Summer is a time. . . to go back to school

A wide range of summer education programs, offering academic credit in some cases as well as self-improvement opportunities among other options, will kick off in early July for Rome students.

Most of the programs are ongoing from prior years through the Rome school district and Madison-Oneida BOCES, while some involve arrangements with other local facilities.

Over 1,000 students participated in district summer school programs last year. Enrollment totals for this year have not yet been confirmed.

Among activities at Rome district sites:

¿ Academic summer school for grades 7-12 will be July 9-Aug. 15 at Strough Middle School. It is for students seeking to recover credits in English, math, science, social studies, health and physical education; students can take up to two courses per summer.

Exams are scheduled for Aug. 16 and 17, while summer school graduation for seniors will be Aug. 22. The principal will be Susan Keller who is affiliated with BOCES.

¿ A middle-level summer academy offering enrichment or additional support for students completing grades 7 and 8 will be July 9-Aug. 15 at Strough, with Keller as principal. Included will be core subject courses plus social and team-building skills.

¿ A summer acceleration program for grades K-6 will be July 2-Aug. 2 at Bellamy Elementary School. It will offer remedial and enrichment opportunities, including reading, writing and math. The principal will be Glenn Kuhn of the Rome district.

¿ A "leap" enrichment program for grades 4-6, with an accelerated curriculum focusing on critical thinking skills, will be July 30-Aug. 16 at Staley Upper Elementary School. The coordinator will be Mary DeMatteo of the district.

¿ Special education summer school will be July 2-Aug. 10 at three sites: pre-K at the former Clough school; grades K-6 at Stokes Elementary School; grades 7-12 at RFA. Topics will be English and math, plus science and social studies themes. The director of the K-12 portion will be Stephanie Long of the district, while Ann Bush of the district will be principal of the pre-K/Forever Growing section.

Among programs at other sites:

¿ The new Rome Futures Academy will be July 16-Aug. 9 at Mohawk Valley Community College’s Floyd Avenue campus. It offers remedial and enrichment opportunities for students entering grade 9, with priority to serving those from low-income families; enrollment of 40-50 is anticipated. It is an alliance among the district, MVCC and other partners, and is through a grant from the Rome Community Foundation.

¿ A Cyber Summer Camp that can accommodate 30 students ages 10-14 will be July 30-Aug. 3 at the Griffiss Institute. The program, planned by the institute and the Rome Air Force Research Laboratory, will teach cyber-security basics.

¿ A Summer ITeens Engineering Camp for up to 20 students entering grade 9 will be July 30-Aug. 2 and Aug. 6-9 at SUNYIT. It will involve introductions to several engineering fields.

Overall, busing will be provided for the programs, according to the district, and will be based on student need in some cases including academic summer school and the middle-level summer academy.