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Orange schools plan for summer

Orange County’s summer school program will be offering more than merely a second chance to pass failed courses this year. 

Acceleration, remediation and SOL re-testing will be available from June 24 through July 19.

The SOL remedial program will be offered to high school students who have passed a course, but failed the SOL test.

The virtual summer program at Orange County High School will include traditional course recovery for a student who failed that course, while the course-acceleration program will allow students to take a new course for enrichment, acceleration, or online SOL remediation, if their SOL-based course is not available through the traditional SOL remedial program.

The middle school grade-recovery program is for students who have failed a math or language arts SOL exam, or who have not shown progress in acquiring those skills during the spring semester. These programs will be taught at Prospect Heights and Locust Grove Middle Schools.

An AP camp will be offered for the first time this year for rising sophomores in AP Human Geography, and for rising juniors who have not had an AP course.

“We are targeting first-time AP test-takers, so they can build the skills they need,” Director of Secondary Instruction Linda Carlton said. “Our AP students can come for a week concurrent with summer school. They can ride the buses and get help with their AP courses.”

The county school system will also host a summer food program again this year.

The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provides federally-funded meals and snacks to lower-income children during the summer months when school is not in session.

Food will be provided at the Taylor Education Administration Complex on Dailey Drive in Orange from Mondays through Fridays, June 17 through Aug. 23 (except for July 4). Breakfast will be served from 8:30–9:30 a.m. and lunch from noon–1 p.m.

Those 18 and younger are eligible for the free meals.

The school system anticipates serving approximately 100 children each day.

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