District sets summer school dates

SUWANEE -- Dates have been set for summer classes with Gwinnett County Public Schools.

At the high school level, students can take courses to get ahead or to make up classes previously taken. Summer school at the elementary and middle school levels is provided for students who have been recommended as having not met requirements for promotion to the next grade.

Classes are being held on Mondays through Thursdays "to cope with funding challenges," according to Spokesman Jorge Quintana.

-- High school face-to-face classes run from June 12-July 11, Monday through Thursday: the 2012 face-to-face summer school session for high school students will take place at Mountain View High, Peachtree Ridge High and South Gwinnett High. Registration for face-to-face summer school, which takes place in a traditional classroom setting, is currently open until June 4. Students can register online by visiting www.mypaymentsplus.com or in person by visiting Peachtree Ridge High on May 31.

-- High school online runs from June 11-July 10, Monday through Thursday: high school students also may take summer classes online through the Gwinnett County Online Campus. Registration is currently ongoing up until June 4. Students may register by visiting www.gwinnettonlinecampus.com. When taking classes through the Gwinnett County Online Campus, students take final exams in a face-to-face setting. On-location meetings also are required for health and physical education courses as well as science labs.

-- Summer classes for rising ninth-graders: GCPS offers two summer classes for ninth-graders -- introduction to health and introduction to lifetime fitness. Both classes are required for graduation. Students may choose to take these classes to make room for electives in their regular schedule.

-- GCPS community schools summer offerings: Parents and guardians also can find additional summer programs and classes offered through the GCPS Community Schools which are housed at each traditional high school. The community schools offer a variety of sports camps for children of any age, as well as driver's education courses and defensive driving classes. In addition, the community schools also offer introduction to health and introduction to lifetime fitness for rising ninth graders. For more information, students and parents should contact the community school director at each local high school.

-- Elementary and middle summer school is scheduled for June 18-July 12, Monday through Thursday. The district offers classes for students in grades 3-8 who are recommended for the 15-day session if they have not met requirements for promotion to the next grade. Parents of students recommended for the summer session are notified before the end of the school year and are given specifics about summer school locations and hours.

While students from every school have the chance to attend summer sessions if needed, not every school will host a summer school session as there is maintenance and construction at some schools.

All Gwinnett middle schools will hold summer school on their campus with the following exceptions:

-- Brookwood Cluster: Five Forks Middle School students will attend Crews Middle School.

-- Grayson Cluster: Bay Creek Middle School students will attend Couch Middle School.

-- Mill Creek Cluster: Osborne Middle School students will attend Jones Middle School.

-- South Gwinnett Cluster: Grace Snell Middle School students will attend Snellville Middle School.

Most elementary schools will hold summer school in pairs or by cluster with one host school, and several will have stand-alone sites.

Participating students will be notified of location for summer school. Parents and guardians who need more information should contact their student's school.