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Re-Thinking Remedial Summer School

Boy stuck in summer schoolThe 1987 movie Summer School typifies our view of remedial summer school.  Students cooped up in a classroom trying to re-take the credit courses they failed during the school year.

Shift to 2015 and actual summer school, while more professional than the movie portrayal, strays very little from the original concept.

Northshore school district summer school or Secondary Summer Academy provides credit retrieval classes over the summer, likely much higher quality than was seen in the movie, but the basic concept remains the same: kids that failed credit classes during the school year attend summer courses in order to stay on-track to graduate high school.

If your child has qualified for Northshore school district summer school, you should have received information on the Secondary Summer Academy materials.  If you don’t know if your child qualifies, contact your child’s school counselor.  They are invaluable resource for both you and your child.

But what is your child is underperforming in a class, but not yet failing so doesn’t qualify for Northshore school district’s summer school?

Just because a student doesn’t qualify for mandated public summer school doesn’t mean they don’t need academic support over the summer.

This is where it makes sense to rethink remedial summer school.

Core academic skill building and student awareness need to be taught alongside the remedial credit class content so the summer school student learns how to learn in addition to replacing a failing grade.  Any accredited school, public or private, can offer remedial education for replacement credits.  What matters is how the summer school approaches teaching so the student maximizes summer learning.

Enter the custom summer school.  Customizing the summer school experience makes sure summer learning translates into more than a replacement grade.  Customized summer school translates into a well prepared student who has practiced core skills and gained awareness of their particular learning needs.

Brock’s Academy offers customized summer school experiences.

Our credit retrieval courses – i.e. remedial summer school at our Woodinville campus.  We can also provide remedial summer school in students’ homes or agreed upon locations which means we have Seattle summer school, Redmond summer school, Kirkland summer school, Snohomish summer school, Bellevue summer school and other summer school offering through the Puget Sound area.

As an accredited private school our transcripts are accepted by high schools and colleges nationwide, so we met the basic credit retrieval requirements for remedial summer school.

However, by helping our students “re-think” remedial summer school we move their focus away from the traditional fixing failure approach and spend time working on how to succeed.  And that is the true benefit of customized summer school – helping students gain the confidence, competence and academic awareness they need not just to replace a failing grade, but to prevent failing grades in the new school term and beyond.

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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