|Summer school attendance is a growing trend among students south of the border. In New York, the largest school district in the U.S., it is expected that 32 percent of public school students will attend summer school, equating to more than 300,000 students. While similar data isn’t available to show how many Canadian public school students are hitting the books in the summer, our trends are often very close to our southern neighbour’s. Many university students are choosing to get a jump on their studies during the summer, too. In fact, a report indicates that more than 35 percent of respondents were taking at least one course during the summer months.School administrators suggest a number of possibilities for this jump in enrolment: the economy, increased competition among students, the threat of repeating a grade, tuition costs…the list goes on. Regardless of the reason, there are pros and cons to attending summer school, which should be discussed with students to ensure a decision that leads to success. Below are some pros and cons to summer school to share with students during summer enrolment.Pros|
There are many benefits to summer school that can help students forge ahead. These include:
The benefits of summer school can be great, but it is important to discuss all angles with students as they contemplate their course schedules. Providing a balanced view of both the pros and cons can help students make decisions that lead them to success, regardless of the season.
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