Summer Learning Opportunities

Summer Learning Opportunities -2021

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is offering summer learning opportunities for select students who were enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2020-2021 school year. The programs will provide academic and social-emotional support for students who have been identified by their school as those who would benefit from additional support heading into the next school year.

DCSD summer programs will be taught by licensed DCSD teachers, counselors and administrators. All appropriate COVID-19 safety measures will be in place in alignment with local and state health guidance. Students will have the opportunity to interact with peers in person and will benefit from a variety of social-emotional learning and activities. General social-emotional support, counseling and crisis intervention will also be available for students. There will also be an eLearning option for those families who continue to want their children to remain away from a school building.

DCSD summer learning opportunities will engage students in literacy and math instruction that will ensure that all knowledge learned during the past year will be retained. These learning experiences will connect to the whole child with morning meetings, targeted instruction, and support for developing social and emotional skills in a high-rigor, collaborative environment. Mental health and wellness staff will be available for students.

Students will be referred and invited to the program by school leaders and staff based on targeted needs.

School staff are working to identify and prioritize students who would benefit most from DCSD summer learning opportunities. If your student is selected, your school will contact you and invite you to participate in the program. Recommendations for selection of students will come from your child’s teachers based on a body of evidence that includes, but is not limited to, academic achievement data, attendance history, and other individual learning and social-emotional needs.

DCSD summer learning opportunities are grant funded and the purpose is to identify and offer learning opportunities to those that have been identified to need it the most. We have already used data to implement interventions this past semester and will continue to use our data to increase support and interventions during the fall with our tiered Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) model for all students.

Why Space is Limited
As this program is grant funded, the numbers of students invited from each school will be limited. The summer program is phase 1 of a larger additional learning opportunity plan.

Attendance
Students enrolled in the program are expected to do their best to attend all four weeks of the program. We understand it may not be possible to not miss a session but we encourage students to be committed and attend regularly throughout the summer program.

Elementary School - Summer Learning Opportunities

Elementary school summer learning opportunities will take place as follows for students selected and invited by their school.
Dates: June 21-July 15 (Mondays-Thursdays)
Times: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Elementary Locations:
  • Eldorado Elementary
  • Mammoth Heights Elementary
  • Soaring Hawk Elementary
  • South Ridge Elementary
  • Wildcat Mountain Elementary

Meals:
"Grab & Go" lunches will be available for participating students.

Transportation:
The DCSD Transportation Department is currently finalizing bus stops and routes for the summer learning program. Bus stops will be at designated elementary schools with a BASE program.

For additional questions or information about elementary school summer learning opportunities, please contact Diane Smith, drsmith1@dcsdk12.org.

Middle School - Summer Learning Opportunities

Middle school summer learning opportunities will take place as follows for students selected and invited by their school.
Dates: June 21-July 15 (Mondays-Thursdays)
Times: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Middle School Locations:

  • Castle Rock Middle School
  • Cimarron Middle School
  • Cresthill Middle School
  • Ranch View Middle School

Meals:
"Grab & Go" lunches will be available for participating students.

Transportation:

The DCSD Transportation Department is currently finalizing bus stops and routes for the summer learning program. Bus stops will be at designated elementary schools with a BASE program.

For additional questions or information about middle school summer learning opportunities, please contact Diane Smith, drsmith1@dcsdk12.org.

High School - Summer Learning Opportunities

DCSD Summer School Website for High Schools

High school summer learning opportunities will take place as follows.

Locations: All nine neighborhood high schools have a summer learning option. Please check with your assigned high school counselor in order to register for an appropriate course or courses. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure through their counselor that the courses they take in summer school will meet their home school’s requirements for graduation, replacement credit and the impact of the course on a student’s GPA.

First Session: June 1 - June 25 - Free
(Limited number of courses available)
These courses offer students an opportunity to earn credit through in-person classes as well as online work through Edgenuity. Access to course software is available 24 hours a day and students will receive login information from their instructor a day or two prior to the start of summer school. Online courses must be completed by 12:00 p.m. on the last day of the session. Please visit the specific school's website for more detailed information.

Second Session: June 28 - July 22 - $225 per course
These courses offer students an opportunity to earn credit through in-person classes as well as online work through Edgenuity. Access to course software is available 24 hours a day and students will receive login information from their instructor a day or two prior to the start of summer school. Online courses must be completed by 12:00 p.m. on the last day of the session. Please visit the specific school's website for more detailed information.

Registration
Registration for the June session is open. Each school will post their summer school registration form on their website. Please turn in the registration form to the individual school.

Tuition - Session 2 only

  • $225 for in-district students

  • $275 for out-of-district students

  • $300.00 for one semester (0.5 credit) of eDCSD Colorado Cyber School (additional fees may apply for specific books and supplies)

Make tuition checks payable to "(Name of School) Summer Semester." Tuition must be paid on the day of registration. Cash, credit cards and checks will be accepted. Returned checks subject to a $35.00 charge. NOTE: Please check with the high school your student will be attending. Types of payment may vary. REFUNDS SHALL ONLY BE MADE IF A CLASS IS CANCELLED due to lack of enrollment (minimum 20 students). Refunds will be issued after Summer Semester ends.

Students
Students entering 9th grade as well as students finishing 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades may enroll in the high school summer learning program. One semesters elective and/or credit (.05 Carnegie Unit) toward graduation may be earned for each course taken.

Credits and Course Selection
The high school summer learning program is intended to: Provide the opportunity to earn credit for courses taken but failed during the previous year; Provide remediation to improve specific skills; or Provide advancement credit opportunities through eDCSD - Cyber School. Summer high school courses offer academic or elective credit toward graduation. One semester of credit and a grade will be recorded on a student’s high school transcript. This grade becomes a part of the student’s grade point average (GPA) that is used in determining class rank in the Douglas County School District. Students should consult with a counselor or advisor at their school to ensure that their selection of courses meets high school graduation requirements.

Grade Reporting
Final grades will be sent home at the conclusion of the session. Parents are welcome to contact summer school teachers to discuss their student’s progress.

Student Attendance
Consistent attendance is essential to course completion. Because of the length of summer classes, there are no excused absences. Any student absent more than three times will be removed from class. Three tardies equal one absence. Any combination of absences and/or tardies that exceed the above limits will cause a student to be removed from class and FORFEIT CREDIT AND ALL TUITION.

Student Discipline
THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT CODE OF CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE WILL BE ENFORCED DURING THE SUMMER SEMESTER AS IT IS DURING THE REGULAR SCHOOL YEAR. The staff will deal with all breaches of conduct. Any student who does not abide by classroom and Summer School expectations will be asked to leave the program. A parent may be requested to pick the student up immediately. No credit will be awarded and no refunds will be given.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks, Social Distancing and daily COVID screenings will be required for in-person classes.

Students enrolled in grades 9-11 for the 2020-2021 school year will have the opportunity to recover learning and earn credit toward graduation requirements.

Transportation:
Bus transportation will not be available for high school students.

Meals:
"Grab & Go" lunches will be available for participating students.

For additional questions or information about high school extended learning opportunities, please contact Amie McCarty, HS Summer School Lead, Amie.McCarty@dcsdk12.org or Ian Wells, Executive Director of Schools, iwwells1@dcsdk12.org.

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