DPS summer school enrollment rises 22 percent

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546

Detroit Public Schools enrolled 38,613 students in Summer Academy 2010, a 22 percent increase over enrollment in the 2009 summer program.

Among those enrolled are 415 high school seniors who will graduate at 10 a.m. today at Cass Technical High School, 2501 Second Avenue.

Combined, the DPS Summer Academy and DPS Extended Day Program gave nearly 1,200 students who were behind the opportunity to recover credits so they could graduate without having to complete another year of school.

Both programs had previously been offered for a fee, but Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb last year tapped unused federal Title I funds to offer the programs for free and to a wider range of students than ever before. Some 776 students graduated in June because of the Extended Day Program.

A small number of out-of-district residents took advantage of the program and paid a $250 per credit fee, while district students or those who demonstrated hardship attended at no cost.

The program was designed to raise academic achievement among struggling students, in preparation for a more rigorous curriculum under the district’s five-year Academic Plan that will be implemented this fall.

Among the unique aspects of the 2010 summer program was the hiring of two teachers for each classroom, which allowed the district to provide extensive teacher training in literacy and math instruction. The program also offered an art component for elementary school students as well as two-hour math and literacy blocks for K-6 students. The last day of classes will be Thursday.

Detroit Board of Education Vice President Tyrone Winfrey will deliver the commencement address at Wednesday’s graduation ceremony and Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb will make remarks.

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