Summer Enrichment Process

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2018 Summer Enrichment FAQs

All students in the state of Pennsylvania who are enrolled in an Algebra 1 course must successfully pass a comprehensive Algebra 1 Keystone State Exam in order to graduate from high school. Students who do not successfully pass the Keystone Exam are required to participate in remediation and must take the Keystone Exam until they meet the state requirements.

Due to the rigor of the Keystone exam and the fact that Algebra 1 is the building block for all for the upper level math courses, the Parkland School District strongly recommends that all students complete Algebra 1 during the course of the regular school year within the respective middle schools. The Parkland Algebra 1 curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students and to help students gain necessary skills required to pass the Keystone Exam.  We cannot confidently state that any course outside of the Parkland School District is equivalent. Parkland’s Algebra 1 course is rigorous, intense, fast paced, and comprehensive.

We advise our students to take Algebra 1 at their respective middle school and then consider  summer on-line courses or Parkland High School Summer Enrichment courses for Algebra 2 or higher.

Summer Enrichment for Summer 2018

Any student demonstrating high ability who wishes to consider single subject acceleration during the summer months must adhere to the following guidelines:

1. Student must first meet with his/her guidance counselor. During this meeting the guidance counselor will discuss possible options and criteria for acceleration, including:

a. Course work at an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university

b. Online study (through an accredited program like Keystone School Online)

c. Live course work available at Parkland High School (PHS) during summer months

2. If a student decides that he/she wants to enroll in a summer enrichment course, he/she must complete the attached Summer Courses for Enrichment Request Form. The completed form MUST be submitted to the student’s middle school counselor no later than Friday, April 20, 2018. Requests made after this date will not be accepted.

3. When students submit request forms for Summer Courses for Enrichment, it does not guarantee that they will be able to move forward with their studies. All requests will be carefully reviewed by the student’s middle school principal and the student’s guidance counselor.

4. Students will be notified as to whether or not their requests have been approved or denied by May 25 2018.

5. For students completing summer enrichment courses outside of PHS:

a. Students are responsible for any and all tuition, costs, and/or fees for course(s).

b. Students must complete the Parkland Comprehensive Exam to demonstrate acquired skills and concepts.

c. For students who will be entering grade 9 (at PHS) as of the 2018-2019 school year:

i. All questions/inquiries about summer enrichment should go to the student’s middle school counselor. Likewise, all “Request Forms” should be given directly to the student’s middle school counselor.

ii. Students must schedule one day to complete the Comprehensive Exam at Parkland High School (library) between Monday, August 6, 2018 – Friday, August 17, 2018. Exams will only be administered on these days and will last 2 hours, starting at 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Parents/guardians are asked to provide a date on which the student will be available to complete the Comprehensive Exam.

iii. Students will be notified of the date of their Comprehensive Exam prior to leaving for summer break.

iv. Students must provide a transcript that shows successful completion of the summer course prior to taking the exam. This transcript should be sent to Mrs. Bennick, Assistant Principal for C & I, at PHS. (Email- bennickt@parklandsd.org or phone- 610-351-5606.)

d. For students who will be entering grades 7 or 8 as of the 2018-2019 school year:

i. Students must complete the comprehensive exam by Friday, August 17, 2018. The date for the exam must be arranged with the guidance counselor and is limited to the schedule that the counselor works during the summer months.

ii. Students must provide his/her middle school counselor with a transcript that shows successful completion of the summer course prior to taking the exam.

e. Students who earn an 85% or higher on the comprehensive exam(s) may move on to the next Honors/AP course in the sequence. Students who earn a 75% or better may move on to the next CP/GHP course in the sequence.

f. The grade received for this course work will not be used in determining the student’s yearly or cumulative average. Also, credits earned through these courses may not be used toward fulfillment of Parkland’s required courses for graduation (i.e. – Three years of high school math and a minimum of three credits are required for graduation.).

6. For students completing summer enrichment courses at PHS:

a. Students are responsible for any and all tuition, costs, and/or fees for course(s).

b. The courses that are tentatively scheduled to run during the summer include: Algebra II GHP, Geometry GHP, and College Algebra GHP (online course only). These offerings are tentative and subject to availability.

c. These courses will (tentatively) run June 25 – August 10, 2018. Dates are subject to change  due to winter weather and/or other changes to the school calendar.

d. Students may only register for one course.

e. Students cannot miss more than 3 classes from this course. Students who do not adhere to this attendance guideline will not be able to complete the course and cannot enroll in another program.

f. Students will complete a Comprehensive Exam in conjunction with their respective course. They will not need to schedule an additional date for testing.

g. Students who earn an overall 85% may move on to the next Honors/AP course in the sequence. Students who earn an overall 75% or better may move on to the next CP/GHP course in the sequence.

h. Students who fail to successfully complete the live summer course will not be able to enroll in another program for enrichment purposes.

i. A specific list of courses will be available by the end of January/start of February 2018.

j. The grade received for this course work will be used in determining the student’s yearly or cumulative average.

7. If students successfully meet the stated criteria:

a. The student will have satisfied the pre-requisite necessary for course advancement.

b. A copy of the transcript (for outside coursework) or final grade (for course work offered live at PHS) will be placed in student’s file.

c. The student will be scheduled for the next course in the sequence at the appropriate level.

Keystone, or a live summer enrichment course at PHS must first complete this form and submit it to their middle school guidance counselor for approval. Submitting this form does not guarantee approval of summer courses for enrichment. Students must submit this completed form and necessary documents to their middle school guidance counselor no later than Friday, April 20, 2018. Keep in mind that all costs related to the coursework are the responsibility of the student.