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Schools to cluster summer programs

SUWANEE - Two groups of three elementary schools each will cluster their summer school programs together for the first time this year, a Gwinnett County Public Schools official said.

The school system is piloting the program to see if teachers can address a wider range of student needs by bringing together a larger group of students, Chief Academic Officer Steve Flynt said.

"With our elementary schools, because the (summer school attendance) numbers are somewhat small, it's difficult to offer a range of programs students might need," Flynt said.

The Dacula cluster elementary schools - Mulberry, Alcova and Dacula - will all offer summer school at Dacula Elementary, and the future Archer cluster elementary schools - Lovin, Harbins and Cooper - will offer summer school at Harbins Elementary.

All other elementary schools will offer summer school at their facilities, with the following exceptions: Gwin Oaks Elementary will hold summer school at Head Elementary, Minor Elementary will hold summer school at Corley Elementary, Dyer Elementary will hold summer school at Freeman's Mill Elementary, and Centerville Elementary will hold summer school at Shiloh Elementary.

All middle schools will offer summer school, and high school classes will be offered at Berkmar, Grayson and North Gwinnett high schools.

The dates and times of the summer school sessions are as follows:

· Elementary: 8 a.m. to

3 p.m. June 22 to July 14, with holidays on July 3 and 6

· Middle: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 22 to July 14, with holidays on July 3 and 6

· High: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. (first period) and 11:05 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. (second period) June 11 to July 15 with a holiday on July 3

Single semester high school courses will cost $225 for face-to-face and online classes. The online course fee increases to $250 after May 30.