Recommendations for Incoming 9th Graders
Students entering 9th grade in the fall have specific recommendations for summer school:
- Blended Learning electives (look in our course list for BLENDED to view all options)
- Spanish IA and IB (in-person or online) [elective credit]
- Beginning Dance (in-person) [PE credit]
- Yoga (in-person) [PE credit]
- World Studies A and B (in-person or online) [History & Social Sciences credit]
- Online PE courses, including Personal Fitness, Fitness Lifestyle Design, and Health Opportunities through Physical Education. Click here for more information on these online PE options. [PE Credit]
- Social Media (online) [elective credit]
- Digital Information Technology (online) [elective credit]
- Foundations of Programming (online), for either a CTE credit or elective credit
- Life Management Skills [elective credit]
- Reading for College Success [elective credit]
- Business Internship (if students are able to work at least 128 hours at an independent job, earning a formal paycheck) [CTE credit]
Summer school is traditionally a time to either get ahead with coursework to increase students’ flexibility in their high school schedules or to recover deficient credits. Online summer school condenses a semester-long online course into 9 weeks, so students are expected to spend about 10 hours per week on their coursework. This is a significant commitment, so we only encourage this option for students who are truly ready.
Online coursework is not for every student. Success has nothing to do with prior academic achievement or a student’s intelligence. Rather, online learning is a different method of instruction where the learning is student self-directed and the teacher assumes the role of facilitator. Students who opt to take online classes should be highly motivated, organized, persistent, and strong independent readers.