Summer school a growing trend for Calgary students
Most enroll to get ahead, not to repeat failed courses
While a lot of Calgary high school students are working or whiling the summer away, many others are back at the books, toiling away in classrooms.
And most of them aren’t doing it because they failed a course, said principal Don Summersgill, who is overseeing summer school at St. Francis High School.
"It's become very popular for students considering there's 10,000 students in our district in high school. And you have almost 4,000 taking summer school — that's a pretty good number."
Less than 20 per cent of those students are repeating a failed course, he said. Zach Urquhart is taking social studies and religion to make room for next year's three science courses.
"I don't see school as a ten-month commitment. I see school as a stepping stone to a better life and so this is just me putting in more effort into furthering my education," he said.
Ross Deklerk, who is studying through the summer to make room for some advanced placement courses, said he likes the condensed format — one day is equal to about one normal week.
"You have an exam almost the day after you learn everything. It makes it quite a bit easier because you actually have four or five hours of one course instead of having to focus on six or seven courses in one semester," he said.
The number of summer students taking summer school is up by ten per cent this year, Summersgill said.