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Building a Successful Summer School Program with EdOptions Academy

Building a Successful Summer School Program with EdOptions Academy

Summer school programs are a fantastic opportunity for learners to make progress toward unfinished learning, credit recovery, or accelerated academic goals. However, one size does not fit all, and managing a summer school program can be a challenge due to factors such as budget, schedule, curriculum, and access to instructors. In our recent Summer Virtual and Blended Learning webinar, our EdOptions Academy learning experts, Misty Jacobs and Sarika Simpson, discussed the best ways to approach building an online summer school program using our flexible virtual learning solutions. Let’s take a look at some of the key factors to consider from the discussion.

Define the goal.

Identifying the goal of your summer program is the first step in the planning process. We polled participants in our Summer Virtual and Blended Learning webinar on what particular goals their summer school programs are aiming to address. As is indicated by the results below, many districts are focused on using summer school to help students with credit recovery and to address unfinished learning before the next school year. Think about the needs of your students as you consider what goals you’ll aim to meet with summer learning.

Assign educators.

If you are facing staffing shortages, you need to give your teachers the summer off to recharge, or you need services to ease the teacher workload, you can feel confident that you have options tailored to your needs. You can implement our online teachers to fully teach your program or utilize them alongside your teachers. All EdOptions Academy, teachers are certified in their areas of specialization, and they have at least three years of classroom experience.

Select your summer school format.

There are many factors to consider when deciding if you will adopt a brick-and-mortar, hybrid, or fully virtual summer school program. Consider your budget, building access, transportation, enrollment numbers, and technology needs before planning what learning environment is right for you.

Determine the type of curriculum to be used.

The different formats of curriculum offered during summer school are dependent on how the instruction will be delivered. Here are three types of curriculum options that EdOptions Academy offers.

  • Digital: A digital curriculum is usually used when a summer school program will be completely virtual. However, some schools also take advantage of digital curriculum in a traditional classroom setting.

  • Print: A print curriculum is typically utilized for brick-and-mortar or other offline programs. Printed materials can also be highly valuable when technology or an Internet connection at home is inaccessible for students.

  • Digital + Print: Utilizing both a digital and print curriculum is popular for K–5 hybrid programs that are conducted through both in-person and virtual instruction. Our online courses allow instructors to pivot swiftly between digital or print options depending on student needs.

No matter what your goal is for your summer school program, Edmentum is here to help. By partnering with EdOptions Academy, you can structure a summer school program that will make a difference in the lives of your students and set them up for a successful 21–22 school year. Interested in learning more about EdOptions Academy? Watch our OnDemand webinar to get a full overview of our virtual learning solution.

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Debbie Crawford

Debbie Crawford joined the Edmentum team in 2019. With ten years of experience in marketing and fundraising, she has established a reputation as a creative problem-solver with an upbeat "let's get it done" attitude. She grew up in a rural Texas town and was the first in her family to attend college, which ignited her passion for education and for educators who do everything possible to inspire students to keep learning.