Summer school isn't just for struggling students.
Educators say the summer break can be a time for nourishing students' interests and establishing new ones. One example is the Gifted and Talented Institute, a series of summer classes offered by Burnsville-Eagan-Savage community education in collaboration with other south metro school districts.
Gary Huggins, CEO of the Baltimore-based National Summer Learning Association, tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that students who sit idle over the summer lose, on average, two months of grade-level math skills. Low-income students can lose more than two months of reading skills while their more affluent counterparts often make slight gains.
Two-thirds of teachers the institute surveyed say they spend up to a month reteaching skills students lose over the summer break.