Summer school education programs are underway in the Rome school district, involving several hundred students.
Compared to a year ago, “there is not really any change to the summer program for the year, other than location” in some instances, said district Superintendent Peter C. Blake.
A summer school graduation ceremony for senior students who complete requirements is scheduled for Aug. 16, Blake noted. The Regents exam dates for this summer are Aug. 13 and 14.
Among the Rome district programs:
• An academic credit recovery program that includes Rome Free Academy students is being used again this summer. The district begins working with students “as soon as school lets out” for the regular school year, said Blake, and students stay “enrolled in the program as long as it takes them to complete the work.” For some students “this could be a week, and others it could be six weeks,” he added.
The program has included being through an online basis, with students using computers at the school.
• An “accelerated summer ‘444’ program’ for elementary students is at Bellamy Elementary School and will include 360 pupils, said Blake.
The program began Monday and continues through Aug. 1, on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. It has numerous educational offerings, including additional opportunities for growth in such categories as reading, math, writing and science plus additional instruction in subjects/areas not typically addressed in the regular school year, according to program Principal Glenn F. Kuhn III.
• Special education summer school is at Ridge Mills Elementary School and RFA.
Students in grades K-12 are included in the program, which is from July 1-Aug. 9.