Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

May 17, 2009

Summer program helps area students

Accredited courses begin at VHS June 8

The Valdosta Daily Times — VALDOSTA — Summer heralds the call of academic freedom for many students. For a few it’s a chance to earn much-needed credit after a difficult semester.

Valdosta High School will host a variety of academic programs this summer to help get Wildcats and others ready for next fall.

Brian Law, school counselor and summer administrator, said the program is open to students from schools all over Georgia, both public and private.

“We are serving the community. The school board agrees when it comes to kids there is no need to say, ‘These are ours, these are yours,’” Law said. “When you have kids failing it’s affecting the entire community.”

The program is an accredited summer school for ninth to 12th grade students.

Charging for summer school and allowing students from other schools to attend is cost effective, Law said.

The charge covers the cost of the teachers and the electric bill to run the program. The state does not allocate funds for summer school, requiring schools to pull from other sources, he said.

Last year a student from a North Georgia school participated in the program, Law said.

He was visiting his sister, a student at Valdosta State University, and needed a credit.

Law said any sports rivalry that happens during the regular school year is left at the door during the summer.

“We never have any trouble,” Law said.

The students, with the exception of a rare few, are focused on recovering lost credits, he said.

The fact that the courses are being paid for by their parents is another motivator, Law said.

“They realize that if their parents have to pay for it they have to take it seriously,” he said.

Students enrolled in summer school will work within Odyssey Ware with additional supplemental writing. Modules must be mastered and completed in the two-week period and a grade will be given for the course.

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