SPOKANE, Wash. – The traditional thought of summer school as a place for students who fell behind is dissolving at North Central High School.
“We have everybody from our 4.0 valedictorian to, yeah, that kid that’s a bit of a slacker and didn’t come to school as much as they should’ve,” NCHS counselor and summer school coordinator Macie McKnight said.
Soon-to-be junior Hokuloa Beebe decided to take summer school to get caught up on her missed English credit and to get ahead on her electives. By taking physical education (PE) during the summer, she has room in her schedule for her true passion, choir, come fall.
“I’ve had a lot of friends who, in the beginning of the year, they’re like, ‘You’re going to be staying in school for PE?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, I get it out of the way,’ and they’re like, ‘Why?’ ‘Because you have space for electives.’ You can do a lot more stuff when you get PE out of the way,” she said.
Kelly Sylvester’s son is taking summer school at Sauk Middle School to get caught up and her daughter is taking it at North Central High School to get ahead. She said back when she was in school, students called summer school “bummer school.”
“Most of the kids that were in summer school were the kids that were in trouble, or you know, weren’t keeping up in school,” Sylvester said. “Now it’s a way for these kids to get ahead. It’s actually a really good thing to be in summer school.”