Registering as early as possible for classes in the Hinsdale-Clarendon Hills Elementary District 181 2014 Summer Learning Program probably is a good idea.
Student enrollment in the program, which runs this summer from June 12 to July 3, has increased dramatically over the past few years and is expected to be strong again.
“It comes down to wanting to keep kids active, involved, and sharp,” said Rocky May, the Hinsdale Middle School dean who is the summer school administrator. “We try to make it fun and engaging. In the summer, you need to have a little more of a hook for motivation.”
Enrollment has grown from 244 students in 2011 to 355 students in 2012, and 531 students in 2013.
“We’re pushing the limits,” May said. “Some kids come and take one class, but most probably take two or three. The 531 students last year took 920 classes.”
Fees for summer classes are $175 for one-hour sessions, $350 for two-hour courses. The fees allow for the summer program to be self-sufficient, May said.
Summer classes include a series of reading, math and writing offerings for students working at or below grade level and advanced learning courses in math, language arts and social studies. But the bulk of the summer offerings are enrichment classes.
The enrichment classes are offered after being suggested by teachers. Among the new enrichment offerings for 2014 are a series of three reading classes with teacher Patti Mendel that use real-life graphic novels. There is one Let’s Read class each for students in grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6.
“We try different things that teachers want to teach and that kids will be interested in,” May said, adding that no grades are given for summer classes.
All summer classes are for one hour, starting each day at 8 a.m. and running until noon. All classes are offered at Prospect School, except for band and orchestra, which is at Clarendon Hills Middle School; and Broadway Bound at Hinsdale Middle School.
Registration for summer classes may be completed online at www.d181.org by clicking on the Schools tab and then the Summer Learning Program tab.
For more information about the summer program, contact May at 630-861-4706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.