Local school districts keeping kids’ brains sharp this summer

Summer school is about to start at some local public schools.

For others, it’s already underway.


Hold on.

Some districts don’t call it “summer school.”

Enhanced Learning or Extended School Year are some program names of choice.

Either way, they all have a similar mission: to help students’ educational needs.


Bald Eagle Area’s Extended School Year Services program will be held at Wingate Elementary and the middle/high schools from July 11 to 29.

The three-week program runs from 8 to 11 a.m. five days a week, and students are provided lunch from 11 to 11:30 a.m., district spokeswoman Rose Hoover said.

ESY is provided for special education students to prevent regression of “previously learned academic skills,” Hoover said.

The focus is on math and reading.

The district also provides transportation for those students, in addition to compensation for all staff who provide instruction and other services.

Bellefonte Area

High school summer school at Bellefonte Area goes from July 11 to Aug. 5 at the high school computer lab, Principal Jen Brown said.

Brown said summer school is also offered to students online and has a content teacher available to facilitate teaching and other support services.

Bellefonte Area offers two programs, Brown said.

▪ Summer school serves students who failed courses;

▪ Summer Enrichment is an online program for students who want to take additional courses “to provide flexibility to their schedule in the years ahead,” Brown said.


Philipsburg-Osceola Area offers a similar summer school program as Bellefonte Area in terms of cyber education.

P-O offers summer school to students through the district’s cyber program, but also runs through Keystone Recovery — a correspondence course, Superintendent Gregg Paladina said.

The district cyber summer school, which Paladina said serves most students, lasts from June 13 to 25.

“We have teachers supporting the program,” Paladina said. “If the students need help, they come into the school to work with a teacher.”

Penns Valley

At Penns Valley Area, the Extended Learning Opportunity program runs from July 11 to 29 at Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School.

It typically serves students in kindergarten through sixth grade, but it doesn’t exclude high school students in need, district spokesman Nate Althouse said.

“All students are susceptible to regress over the summer without feeding their brains,” he said. “Some students are more at-risk than others. For these students coming in over the summer helps to keep them sharp to minimize the time spent in the fall catching them up to speed.”

Elementary Principal Danielle Yoder said students attend the program “so that they can get a jump on the next school year and preview some of the materials that they will see in their upcoming year.

“It also helps students maintain their mastered skills,” she said.

The program costs the district about $80,000.

Althouse said that includes transportation, salaries, benefit and supplies.

State College

State College Area School District offers a summer program called Summer Champs Camp, according to spokesman Chris Rosenblum.

The mission is to help students keep sharp on their reading and/or math skills during the summer.

According to the district’s website, the program is from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday from June 20 to July 28 at Mount Nittany Elementary School.

The program offers small group reading and math activities.

The administration recommends that student participants attend at least four weeks of the camp.

The website said the program costs families $30, but scholarships are available.

When asked how much the program costs the district, Rosenblum said the business office didn’t have a cost estimate.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo