Summer school tuition stays the same
2012 Summer School Registrations
General courses 352
Math or reading skills improvement for incoming freshmen 185
AP English Language Bridge (for Hinsdale South students) 20
Online courses 18
Updated: February 25, 2013 6:09AM
HINSDALE — Tuition for Hinsdale High School District 86’s summer school will remain the same this summer for district residents at $200 per course and $350 for driver education.
Out-of-district residents will pay $350 per course, which is $25 more than last summer.
When the tuition paid last summer was offset against the expenses, it cost District 86 almost $69,000 to educate 352 students in regular summer courses and 66 in driver’s education.
Summer school will be held again at Hinsdale South High School in 2013. But in subsequent years, the location probably will alternate between South and Hinsdale Central, as air conditioning was installed extensively at both schools last year.
The 352 registrations for summer classes in 2012 was the lowest in at least 34 years, reported David Anderson and Michael Matozzi, summer school co-principals. In 2011, students signed up for 461 regular summer school courses.
The construction projects that had the parking lots and entrance at Hinsdale South torn up last summer may have discouraged some families from registering, Matozzi surmised.
Other possible reasons for the decline are the support teachers offer struggling students during the school year so they do not fail a course, and more options for making up a failing grade.
“There are fewer students requiring credit recovery,” Matozzi said.
The district has online courses during the school year and during the summer for students who fail a course.
Not all summer school students are making up a class, however. Some students take electives for enrichment or required courses, such as U.S. history, to free up time during their regular school year for other classes.
“We have a diversity of things going on in summer school,” Anderson said.
The AP English Bridge course prepares students to take AP English language and composition in the fall.
“There are students taking computer classes. There’s an honors level science research course. The kids are getting a huge benefit from the depth of what we offer during the summer,” he said.