KINGMAN - Summer school is gearing up, and the Kingman Unified School District is planning for a busy month of learning.
"I think this will be a good summer for our students if they go to summer school and get the help they need," said Andrea DeLong, academic programs coordinator for KUSD. "Summer school is all about the recovery of concepts they missed during the year and giving students the option of getting ahead and aiming at a career earlier."
About 200 elementary students in the district have been invited through their schools to attend summer school classes at Manzanita Elementary School. Those classes are free and cover math and reading skills. Also, about 50 students at Mt. Tipton School in Dolan Springs will be attending classes there.
At the middle school level, students who received recommendations through their principals will be meeting at White Cliffs Middle School this summer. The students, who pay a $50 fee to attend, will be covering material they missed during the school year so they can gain the necessary points to move on to the next grade level.
Application packets are still available for high school students who want to attend summer school at Kingman High School this year. The fee is $100 a class, payable by the students, and includes math, English, history, science and other areas of study. Enrollment in the classes is open at the high school level this year.
All fees will be paid for eighth-graders participating in the GEAR UP program, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. It is a college access program providing students and families the support they need for college success.
"It's smart to take classes during the summer at the high school level," said Erin Chastain, who is the coordinator of GEAR UP. "My big thing is seeing these students get ahead. The culture at the high schools emphasizes the importance of being more prepared after graduation."
DeLong said she has slated 10 teachers for elementary students, five for middle-schoolers, two at Mt. Tipton and 10 or more at the high school to teach the upcoming courses. That could change according to the need, she said.