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SUMMER SCHOOL VS SUMMER BREAK: PROS AND CONS OF A SUMMER SCHOOL EDUCATION
At the end of a busy semester of study, you may not be thinking ahead to summer school. That’s to be expected. Many students view summer as their chance for a break, not a chance to continue their studies.
Yet summer school can have quite a few benefits that are worth considering. If you are on the path toward completing a degree, don’t discount this option to do so a little faster. By weighing the pros and cons of summer school, you can make the choice that best fits your educational goals.
PRO: LIGHTEN UP YOUR FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER LOAD
If you consider summer school as a third semester, you might be able to take fewer classes during the fall and spring semesters. If you are nearing the end of your degree and find that the coursework is getting harder, pushing some courses to summer school lets you take a more bearable load in the fall and spring semesters. If you find that your semesters are just getting too hard, and don’t want to graduate later, then consider this strategy.
CON: SUMMER SCHOOL COURSES MOVE QUICKLY
When you take a course in summer school, you often have to complete a full semester of study in four to six weeks. This means your professors have to pack more into each day than they would during the spring and fall semesters. Sometimes the classes are longer, and other times the homework is more intense. You will have tests and quizzes with more regularity. Make sure you’re ready for this level of intensity. Make sure you use the right strategies to stay focused on your studies if you take a summer school course.
PRO: YOU CAN GRADUATE EARLY
College is expensive, and the more time you spend in college, the longer it will take to fully launch your career. When you take some classes in summer school, you often will be able to graduate early. Graduating early also means you won’t be competing with all of the classmates in your major. If you are living on campus, early graduation also lets you save some money on room and board.
CON: SUMMER SCHOOL CAN COST MORE
Sometimes summer school costs more than schooling during the regular semester. If you are on a scholarship, check the terms of the scholarship carefully. It may not cover summer courses. Similarly, if you have funds through a work-study program, your work position may not be available during the summer. You’ll may also have to pay for your room and board during the summer if you stay on campus.
One way to get around some of these added costs is to take these courses online from home or at your local community college, then transfer them to your university. If you choose this route, always check first to see if they will transfer.
PRO: ONLINE COURSES GIVE FLEXIBILITY
The rise in online education makes summer college classes more attainable in many programs. Students can study online during the summer term and still go home to work jobs and get paid for their efforts. If you are able to take advantage of online courses, this can make summer school affordable and flexible.
CON: CLASS OPTIONS MAY BE LIMITED
Summer school class options may be limited. First, professors, like students, enjoy summer break, so they may not offer as many courses during this term. Second, summer school is very popular, and so classes that are offered may fill quickly. If you decide that summer school helps you reach your graduation goals, sign up for the classes you need early.
PRO: GET THOSE GENERAL EDUCATION CLASSES OUT OF THE WAY
General education—the English, math, and history classes that everyone takes, regardless of their major—can be a bit of a drag during college, especially when you want to focus on the classes in your major that teach what you’re passionate about. Summer school gives you the ability to get those gen ed classes out of the way in a streamlined manner. By finishing these mandatory classes in summer school, you can spend your semesters focusing on learning the things that drive your passion.
CON: SUMMER SCHOOL CAN CREATE BURNOUT
College life is intense. You spend many hours of the day studying and researching. Sometimes, you just need a break. When you stick with the grind, even in the summer, you may be more prone to burnout.
PRO: SUMMER WORKS WELL FOR INTERNSHIPS
If you find yourself on the verge of burnout, don’t discount the thought of using summer to complete some educational requirement. Instead of coursework, consider the summer term as the chance to complete a required internship. You can gain valuable on-the-job training, without demanding academics, and still check off some requirements for your degree. Scoring a summer internship can be one of the most valuable parts of your education experience.
CON: SUMMER SCHOOL MEANS LESS OPPORTUNITY TO WORK
Many students use the summer months to work and raise money for the coming semester. If you take a full load of classes during the summer, and those classes are more academically intense because of their shortened nature, you may not have as much time as you need to work. If you need the income from a summer job to pay for your tuition in the fall semester, and you have a good job opportunity available, consider carefully if adding the demands of summer school is wise. That said, online courses and programs can give you the flexibility to work a job while attending summer school, so options exist that can help you do both.
PRO: LESS RISK OF “SUMMER SLIDE”
All students, from elementary school through grad school, who take a significant chunk of time off of their studies are at risk for what educators call the “summer slide.” This happens when they lose valuable learning or study skills over the summer break. When you take summer school, your brain stays engaged with your learning and this risk lessens.
CON: YOUR TEACHERS MAY NOT BE THE SAME
During summer school, courses are often taught by adjunct professors, not the full-time faculty you spend time with during the school year. These teachers are usually qualified for their position, but they may not have the teaching experience of full-time instructors. This could impact the quality of your summer education.
So, what’s the bottom line? Summer college classes can be a great way to get some of your courses out of the way, graduate early, and enjoy a less intense fall and spring schedule, but they can get in the way of rest and jobs. In the end, each student will need to weigh these pros and cons and consider their overall goals for education before deciding to take summer classes.
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Summer Homework: Is it Necessary?
Moriel Weitzner ’24 December 11, 2022
Summer homework is not something I enjoy, and receiving a summer reading book as well as an email describing my Judaic studies assignment for the summer are things I dread. For students taking classes like AP Psychology, I imagine that dread was magnified by the AP course work they were assigned to complete over the summer as well. The question often asked is if summer homework is necessary or just another tedious aspect of high school life. Although appropriate arguments can be made for both sides, I ultimately agree with the latter.
On one hand, summer homework can facilitate learning that ensures students don’t forget the material they learned the previous year. Certain AP courses may also require some background knowledge as a prerequisite for the class or to ensure students are prepared for the exam in the spring. Sarah Silverman ’24, who is taking AP Psychology, reflected that “since it is an AP class, we wouldn’t have had enough time to accomplish all the material for the exam in May without having the summer homework.”
On the other hand, summer homework is hardly completed at all or in an appropriate time frame. Summer reading material is scarcely discussed upon the return to school anyhow; my classes often examine the summer reading for two weeks at most. As for Judaic studies material, students are given a short quiz on it sometime in September before discarding it completely. Summer is also an essential time for students and teachers to relax, to recharge their batteries after another taxing year, especially at a notoriously stressful school like Ramaz.
I would say that summer homework is somewhat good in theory, but not in practice. The purpose of summer homework is to refresh students’ memories over the course of an entire summer, not the week preceding a new school year. The type of homework given over the summer and the nature of how it’s completed defeats the purpose entirely. However, I concede that AP course work is in a different ballpark. Students who elect to take AP classes should be prepared to put in the work, because after all, most will want to do well on their exams in May. Summer homework seems to be another part of the education system that ends up falling short, so perhaps it’s time for a change.
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Should Schools Assign Summer Homework? Educators Weigh In
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School’s almost out for summer. Should students clear out their lockers and leave empty-handed—or laden down with stacks of math problems and required reading lists? Will teachers warn of repercussions for failing to turn in summer work assignments upon returning to school in the fall, or simply advise students to have fun and stay safe?
It depends on whom you ask.
It turns out that not all educators share the same perspective on whether to assign summer homework, who needs it most, what it should consist of, and how to make sure it gets done. Education Week put the question to state teachers of the year and representatives of statewide principals associations. Here’s what they had to say.
Play and pleasure reading prioritized by many educators
Play and pleasure reading topped the list of responses to the question: What summer homework should students be assigned? Teachers (of both young and older students) were more likely than the principals who responded to suggest that kids need a break in the summer.
“For young children, specifically pre-K to grade 3, I feel that over the summer children need to have their summer break and be provided with the opportunity to explore, get plenty of physical activity, and play. Children learn from play. Play teaches children about problem-solving and social interactions,” said Tara Hughes, a pre-K inclusion teacher at the Nye Early Childhood Center in Santa Fe who was voted 2023 New Mexico State Teacher of the Year.
“Students should have no formal ‘homework'—worksheets or practice books,” said Lori Danz, who is Wisconsin’s 2023 State Teacher of the Year. She teaches high school biology and serves as a school forest coordinator, overseeing outdoor learning. in the Superior school district in the northern part of the state. “I think it’s good for students and families to get away from that, and learn in authentic ways: hiking, cooking, fixing things. So much learning happens that way. We forget that it’s learning.”
Danz acknowledged that not every family has the same amount of free time or resources available to them during the summer. But she added that many districts, including her own, offer free enrichment activities at local schools during the summer that provide activities such as sports, crafts, and physical fitness.
While “play” was a popular response to the question of what type of work kids should be assigned in the summer, some educators suggested that students of all ages read during break to stay sharp.
“Reading for pleasure authentically enhances many academic skills such as cultivating a love for reading, improves reading and writing skills, develops concentration, encourages creativity and imagination, and allows children to be more open to differences and perspectives,” said Krystal Colbert, a 2nd grade teacher at Mitchellville Elementary in Iowa’s Southeast Polk school district, and another Teacher of the Year.
One teacher took the reading directive a step further. Brian Skinner, a high school special education teacher with the Newton Unified school district 373 in Kansas and the state’s 2023 Teacher of the Year, said he thinks students should spend time regularly writing and reading for pleasure. “Not only that, but I believe it is important to read from actual books versus phones or other technology,” Skinner said. It’s a belief shared by some literacy experts , too.
Which students most need summer work?
Educators offered a range of opinions when asked which students most need summer work. Principals interviewed for this article were more likely than teachers to feel students should be doing summer work.
“How good is a golfer that takes a three-month break with no practice? Even if you do not play nine or 18 holes regularly, you can go the range, you can chip, you can practice putting,” said Jerald A. Barris, a high school principal at the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland, Pa., and a regional representative for the Pennsylvania Principals Association.
Ed Roth, the principal of Penncrest High School in Media, Pa., believes in math homework over the summer for high school students. “In mathematics, it is important for students to have some review and skills practice so that they do not need to spend the first marking period reviewing prior learning, therefore taking away their ability to cover all necessary content for their current course,” he said. Roth’s perspective, which suggests the loss of skills during summer break, has been well-documented in recent research .
But other educators favor a more tailored approach to summer work.
Danz, the Wisconsin high school biology teacher, said that she believes all students need a break from homework but added this caveat: “You can always find exceptions…students who may need remedial practice.”
Fabiana Parker, the 2023 Virginia Teacher of the Year, agreed. A teacher of English learners at Thornburg Middle School in Spotsylvania County, Va., Parker said “it is essential to take into account the unique needs of each student” when it comes to summer work. She elaborated with an account of her own children, recalling how she established a routine of daily math practice during the summer but only for her daughter who struggled with math and, in Parker’s assessment, needed the additional support.
Other educators said they are more likely to assign summer work to students on an accelerated track. Such is the case for Michael Ida, Hawaii’s 2023 Teacher of the Year. He teaches at Kalani High School in Honolulu. Ida said that, for most high school students, he recommends no summer work other than reading for pleasure. But he makes an exception for students who choose to enroll in more rigorous courses.
“I teach AP Calculus, and those students do have some required review work to complete over the summer,” Ida said. He gives them math problems that he has created—both routine review problems and more substantial problem solving exercises that emphasize logical thinking and communication.
A creative approach to summer work
Summer should be synonymous with creative learning, some educators emphasized. “Summer is a time to continue learning in the way that every child in every classroom should be taught, with a focus on each child’s passions and strengths and in the way that is most effective for them,” said Catherine Matthews, a pre-K special education teacher at Hyalite Elementary School in Bozeman, Mont., and the state’s 2023 Teacher of the Year.
“If a child is struggling with fractions but loves to cook, allow them to practice their math skills while doing something that they love. If they need to practice their reading fluency, allow them to choose books of personal interest,” Matthews added.
Second grade teacher Colbert expressed a desire for kids to experience the type of old-fashioned summer that, for countless students, no longer exists. “My wish is that all kids are outside exploring the beautiful world around them, interacting with their friends and family, growing their inquisitive minds, fostering their creativity, and limiting the use of technology,” she said.
Who’s responsible for making sure summer work gets done?
Assigning summer work is one thing; monitoring its completion is another.
Pennsylvania high school principal Barris said parents are ultimately responsible for making sure their kids do the work. “I believe it should fall on the parents for the most part with opportunities, suggestions, and strategies provided by the school in concert with the community where the child resides,” he said, while acknowledging this challenge. “That said,” he added, “getting my 11-year-old to read and practice his skills in the summer is easier said than done.”
A version of this article appeared in the June 14, 2023 edition of Education Week as Should Schools Assign Summer Homework? Educators Weigh In
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by: Leslie Crawford | Updated: June 12, 2023
Jill Notte’s daughter Sara is a straight-A student, and she’s taking five advanced-placement courses this fall. It’ll be her senior year.
This ambitious undertaking may prove Sara’s undoing — at least if the 17 year old wants to enjoy her summer vacation. Somewhere in between spending a week at a Girls State program, a month at the New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology at Rutger’s University, and visiting a few potential colleges, Sara must complete the following workload before school starts:
• Read five novels for AP English • Read one book for AP History • Complete a packet of assignments and problems for AP Calculus • Complete a packet of assignments and problems for AP Chemistry • Write several summaries of scientific principles for Honors Physics
Oh, and her English teacher recommends that she attend Shakespeare performances at the local college to supplement the many plays she’s required to read as part of AP English. “I try to put a positive spin on it,” says Sara’s mother, Jill. “I told her, ‘Summertime’s a great time to read Shakespeare!'” But, admits Jill, it’s not so easy to put the same kind of “fun” spin on the stack of mind-numbing calculus and chemistry books hefty enough to take down a Yellowstone grizzly.
Forget languidly balmy weeks unwinding from the stress of an intensive school year. Goodbye, as well, to working her usual summer job as a lifeguard, which Sara unhappily has to forgo — along with the money she hoped to save for college. As her mother puts it, “Summer homework is a full-time job.”
A working vacation
Sara’s not alone. The oxymoronically named “vacation work” is on the rise. Sara’s older sister had only a few books to read over the summer when she was in high school — and that was just eight years ago. Jill, who like her daughters was a high achiever in the top five percent of her class, remembers completely homework-free summers.
Many parents remember their own childhood summers as true respites from school, devoid the rigor and rigidity of academic life. Summer was a sprawling mass of unstructured time that ranged from idyllic laziness to stupefying boredom to invigorating camps and family vacations, not scores of math worksheets, science packets, and lists of “good-for-you” classics that hardly qualify as light beach reads.
Harris Cooper, chairman of the department of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University and America’s leading homework scholar who co-authored the landmark meta-study on homework , says that while there exists no formal studies on the rise in summertime homework, he’s witnessed a particularly sharp increase over the past two years — probably a response “to high-stakes testing and accountability issues for schools.”
Just say no?
Some parents argue summer homework is nothing more than bland busywork that saps the joy and spontaneity from summer. So says Sara Bennett, founder of StopHomework.com . “Even if there is a summer slide, I don’t think homework is the solution,” Bennett says. “Kids don’t have enough downtime during the school year. I think they need that freshness during summer.”
Here’s a revolutionary approach for vacation purists who say kids deserve a good, old-fashioned summer free from intense brain-strain: Just say no. That’s what Bennett suggests a parent do in the fall if a child is averse to doing the packet. “I’d send it back and say, ‘I’m sorry, my child didn’t have a chance to do it.’ ” (A parental dispensation only possible for kids who haven’t entered the high-school pressure cooker where — as with Sara Notte — summer homework is graded and can directly affect a student’s chances to enter a top-tier university.)
Protecting young minds from melting
On the other side of the summer homework debate are the moms and dads who, when the school doors slam shut, ramp up the supplemental brain work, even if the teachers didn’t provide it themselves. Most parents, though, fall somewhere in the for-better-or-worse-summer-homework-is-here-to-stay camp.
So if the kids have to do it, can we at least be reassured that it’s a magic bullet to protect young minds from melting? “We can’t say that with any objective data,” Cooper says. “But we would make the assumption if students are continuing to flex their mental muscles over the summer, this would have a positive effect on how much material they retain when they return.”
No buy-in from the kids
“There definitely is a lag — I’m not denying that,” says Denise Pope, senior lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education and co-founder of Challenge Success , a research and student-intervention project. “I absolutely agree that three months is a long time to not do anything. That said, I’m not sure this idea of giving workbooks and pages and pages of handouts works.”
The reason it doesn’t work? “There’s not a buy-in from the [kids],” Pope argues. “In order for any learning to be retained, there has to be engagement on the part of the students.” Pope explains that students need the “ABCs of engagement,” which means they’re engaged affectively, behaviorally, and cognitively. “If they’re intrinsically motivated, then they’ll want to do it.”
“I know kids who get these huge 40-page math packets,” Pope says. “It’s because [teachers] want [kids], over time, to have systematic practice. The problem is that this requires an adult to monitor this kind of disciplined work. It’s not like a kid can do that on his own. So it puts a burden more on the parents.”
Year-round homework blues
So, alas, those nightly angst-ridden homework dramas that run from September through June now get year-round billing. The other problem, Pope says, is that summer homework packets (frequently put off until the last unhappy week before school begins), often seem to fall into an academic black hole once they’re turned in — with no feedback from teachers and no effect on kids’ grades.
As for the work that Pope’s three kids — ages 10, 12, and 15 — get handed at school’s end, she tells them, “‘I won’t bug you about this at all. I won’t be the police.’ We look at the assignments they get for the summer and I say, ‘How long do you think this will take? Do you want me to remind you to do it?’ ” But if they leave it until the tail end of the summer, Pope says, well, that’s their choice. It’s their vacation, after all.
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Should Schools Give Summer Homework?
During the past two years, the covid pandemic has greatly disrupted american education, forcing many school districts to use remote instruction for months on end. this has resulted in significant learning loss for students. a recent report by the consulting firm mckinsey & company found that the proportion of high school students meeting proficiency standards dropped five percentage points in math and three points in english. what’s more, this likely underestimates learning loss since the states with the biggest disruptions didn’t give proficiency tests. concern over the extent to which students have fallen behind has renewed debate over whether schools should give homework over the summer. two educators square off about whether that’s a good idea..
Children learn best when instruction is continuous. A long summer vacation in which students do no schoolwork disrupts the rhythm of learning, leads to forgetting, and requires time be spent reviewing old material when students return to school in the fall. Summer homework can help prevent this.
Studies show that, on average, achievement test scores decline between spring and fall, and the loss is more pronounced for math than reading. All students, regardless of economic status, show roughly equal amounts of decline in math skills over the summer. But substantial differences are found when it comes to reading. While middle-class students on average maintain or improve their reading during the summer, children from impoverished families often lose ground. Teachers have seen the same kind of learning loss after long Covid-related school closures.
A long summer break from all academics can also have negative consequences for children with special educational needs. And it can be an extra burden for children who don’t speak English at home: For them, it’s not simply a matter of relearning academic material; in many cases, they also must re-acquaint themselves with the language of instruction.
A summer with no schoolwork disrupts the rhythm of learning.
I don’t know of studies that have directly examined whether students who get summer homework do better in school the next school year. But research has shown that summer school can be highly effective, and summer homework might be considered a “low dose” of summer school.
Summer assignments can vary from giving students a head start in reading books they’ll cover in next year’s English class to having them read chapters of a textbook they’ll be tested on when they return to school. Whatever form it takes, summer homework can have a positive effect on students’ achievement. With so many schools struggling to help students who’ve fallen behind during the pandemic, summer homework seems like an obvious solution to try.
Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke University
With all the concern about Covid-related learning loss among students, it’s tempting to turn to summer homework as a solution. But that might do more harm than good.
Schools should think carefully before assigning summer homework, and not just because it stresses out students (and parents). The truth is, homework doesn’t accomplish what we assume it does. Research shows there’s only a moderate correlation between homework and standardized test scores or long-term achievement in middle school. And research indicates that, even in high school, too much homework can be counterproductive.
Some studies claim that students lose skills if they don’t practice them over the summer. But if a child can’t regain his grasp of fractions with a brief review, maybe those skills weren’t taught well enough in the first place. Doing a mountain of math sheets without a teacher’s help—and perhaps incorrectly—isn’t the answer.
Summer homework negatively affects how students feel about school and learning.
But there are a few things summer homework does accomplish effectively: It steals time away from other important aspects of learning, such as play, which helps young people master social skills and teamwork. In addition, writing book reports means fewer hours being physically active, which is essential for good health and weight control, not to mention proper brain development.
I’m hugely in favor of students reading over the summer, but asking them to plow through a long required-reading list turns an activity that should be fun into a dreaded chore.
Perhaps worst of all, summer homework affects how students feel about learning and school. Summer is a critical time for them to relax and pursue their interests. Nobody wants to spend that time with a long to-do list hanging over them. Do we want our children to start the year refreshed and ready to learn? Or burned out and resentful? It’s something every school should carefully consider.
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Summer homework is assigned to help avoid the “summer slump”, retaining or building on skills. It is also assigned for high level classes in preparation for rigor and content, or as an assessment of current skill levels. Assignments are due on the first day of class in August, and enrollment in Honors or AP courses may be revoked if it is not completed. 7th and 8th grade students should complete the math homework according to the placement letter parents received. Scroll down to find links with specific instructions for summer homework, as well as some other recommended practice sites.
All of those listed below have been updated for the summer of 2023. Assignments for the Summer of 2023 will be updated June 2 and there may be alterations to assignments up until that date.
Note: All materials to complete assignments, including devices and hotspots for internet access, are available for check-out from the appropriate office. Email [email protected] or call (909)798-7831 for details and to arrange for pick-up/check-out. Please note that Grove offices will be closed July 3-14.
If a class does not have an assignment listed, there is no assignment for that class.
Middle school assignments, grade 7 assignments:, grade 7 and 8 english, math 7 assignment – for all incoming 7th graders not placed into pre-algebra or algebra if you received an email informing you that your student has been placed into pre-algebra or algebra 1, please have them complete the pre-algebra or algebra 1 homework instead (see below)., grade 8 assignments (students should do math assignment that corresponds with math placement):, please do the math assignment for the correct placement:, math 8/pre-algebra, grade 9 assignments (students should do math assignment that corresponds with assigned class):, grade 9 english, including honors, biology, including honors (grade 9), high school – returning spanish, advanced and ap class preparation:, spanish 2 and 3, calculus (not offered during the 2023-24 school year), pre-calculus, ap 2-d art and design assignment, ap environmental science (apes), ap literature, ap seminar (ap capstone – year 1), ap research (ap capstone – year 2), ap biology – join google classroom with code: prz47g7.
- Please join this AP Biology Google Classroom: prz47g7 . Summer homework will be through the Classwork tab in this classroom. Submission of work will be in the first class session for the course in the 2023-2024 year. Students will need to check out an AP Biology book from the HS office prior to leaving for the summer. Please contact the teacher directly with questions: suzie .tolksdorf@ thegroveschool.org
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The list below is optional work to sharpen skills and follow interests during the summer months. See websites for full details. Note: Grove is not endorsing any particular summer programs, but wants to present as many opportunities as possible (because people do ask!). If you know of an opportunity for students that should be included, please let us know by emailing: [email protected] .
- University of Redlands Nike Tennis Camp is a tennis camp at the University of Redlands this summer during one week sessions: June 12-16 or June 26-30. Cost is $295 for half day sessions and $565 for full day.
- University in Redlands Bulldog Youth Sports Camp is for students, ages 7-14. Sports offered this summer include soccer, basketball, tennis, and baseball/softball, including sessions with U of R Collegiate coaches. Campers also enjoy a variety of games and activities, like cooling off in the pool at the beautiful Thompson Aquatic Center at the University of Redlands. Sessions are for one week: June 12-16 or June 19-23. Each week costs $175.
- University of Redlands Conservatory of Music has a variety of camps for music and theater, including choir. Dates, prices, and age requirements vary. See website for details.
- Varsity Tutoring Free Summer Camps has free courses for math, science, art, writing, reading, Spanish, programming, fine arts, and more. Classes are geared for specific age groups and include high school specific study. See website for details and availability.
- EdX is an online learning platform that includes courses taught by university staff and geared for high school students in a wide variety topics, and with the aim of college readiness .
- Code with Google offers computer science courses appropriate for middle and high school students, including game design .
- Khan Academy is especially helpful for structured math practice , but also has a wide range of other lessons and activities, including computer programming, SAT Test Prep, Sciences and Humanities .
- Duolingo is a free online or phone app that helps students to learn and practice verbal, auditory, and written grammar and vocabulary in a variety of foreign languages .
- Quill.org offers interactive proofreading activities and grammar lessons . Once on the website, select “Learning Tools”. Choose activity (grammar, connect, etc.) and click “Try Now.”
- Albert Spelling Bee offers free spelling practice for different skill levels. Visual Thesaurus Spelling Bee features very challenging spelling lists!
While volunteering may not be the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about skill building, it offers valuable chances to build on hard (math, comprehension, etc.) and soft skills (teamwork, problem solving, etc.), not to mention the intrinsic power of working to do right and make the world a better place. Practically, it gives additional weight to college applications, where traditional measures like SAT scores are fading away. There are many ways to volunteer in person or virtually, and pursue career and individual interests.
To help find volunteer opportunities, families can call local agencies and non-profits, or look to the matching services below:
Locally, the Assistance League of Redlands accepts volunteers, grades 8-12, for their Assisteens program .
If you have an opportunity that you would like added, let us know!
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