Ever wonder what to do with your Fairfax County Schools
student over the summer? Are you reluctant to place your elementary student in daycare or let your middle or high school student “just hang out”? The summer programs at Fairfax, VA Schools may be for you! Studies suggest that students can lose the knowledge they have gained during the school year over the summer holidays. No matter how academically successful kids are, most of them choose entertainments such as arcades, beaches, lakes, or water parks, being with friends, or going to the movies over learning activities.
However, this is not always what Fairfax, VA Schools parents want for their kids over the summer. While it’s extremely important for kids to enjoy some downtime from the school year’s more rigorous schedule, there’s no reason that some learning can’t be thrown into a child’s summer plans.
For some Fairfax, VA Schools students, summer school is a necessity. While all kids can be successful in school, there are those students who struggle. For them, attending a summer school class in the subject area they struggle with the most is a must, and may even be required by some schools. Kids who are in danger of be retained in their current grade level may actually avoid retention by attending summer school. Fairfax, VA Schools students who are below grade level and need the extra boost that a general education summer school class can give, have the option to attend school for free in Fairfax, VA Schools. In this school zone, students who wish, need, or are required to go to a general education class in summer school pay no tuition, and may qualify for transportation depending on the program or location of the Fairfax, VA Schools offering the class.
For other Fairfax, VA Schools students, enrichment camps are the way to go. Keeping a student busy is important during the months of summer vacation. What better way to challenge them and give them the opportunity to learn something they are interested in which may not be offered during the regular Fairfax, VA Schools school year than going to a Fairfax, VA Schools summer school? Let’s face it, most, if not all kids are eager to go back to school in the fall. While they have been missing their friends and the social opportunities that school offers, they are most likely, although secretly, also missing the mental stimulation that school provides. They might not even know that’s what they miss about school, but they miss it all the same. Kids thrive on routine – they feel secure knowing what’s going to happen on any given day, and school provides that for them. Attending summer school at one of the Fairfax, VA Schools, whether for general education or for enrichment, is a smart way to meet this need for any child. Programs offered in Fairfax, VA Schools cover all grade levels, K-12.
Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit Fairfax County Schools