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Oak Harbor high offers summer classes

Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summers will include more time in the classroom for some Oak Harbor High School students.

Sophomores across the state will soon learn how they did on the Washington Assessment for Student Learning. If the news isn’t good, sophomores who failed one or more portions of the assessment have the chance to get some summer assistance.

Oak Harbor High School will offer a series of four classes for those students who need help passing specific parts of the statewide test as part of its yearly summer school program.

This year’s sophomore class is the first required to pass the WASL in order to graduate. Students will learn before the end of the school year how they did on the WASL, which they took in April. Families will receive recommendations on the classes their children should take this summer.

The WASL classes begin in late June and early July and will wrap up in time for the scheduled WASL make-up test day the first week of August. High school students have five chances to pass the WASL.

Helping students pass the WASL isn’t the only area teachers are focusing on with the summer school offerings.

The school will also offer classes for students who have gaps in their transcripts, said advisor Vince Hagel. Those gaps could come from failing a course to moving into the school district and discovering slightly different graduation requirements. Also, the school is offering several remediation math and English classes to help ensure eighth graders have the academic background and study skills needed for success at the high school level.

Students wishing to participate in summer school at the high school will have to pay. Oak Harbor High School is charging $100 for the first high school class and $50 for a second class. Students who successfully complete a class will earn a half credit.

Hagel said he is trying to work out an assistance program to help low-income families.

In addition to the tuition money, the school district has $45,000 in state funding to pay for the summer school program. Vicki Williams, school district business director, said the district could receive an additional $16,000 from the state for WASL courses. However, that amount won’t be known until after sophomores learn how they did on the WASL and the school district learns how many students need extra help.

Last year, 173 students took summer classes at the high school.

Hagel said he thinks more students will participate this summer. The school sent out letters to parents informing them about summer school, and students who could benefit from taking a WASL course will be contacted again after the results are released.

“We’ve done a lot more this year to encourage kids to come,” Hagel said.

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