Summer school will include some online options

Desert Sands Unified School District will offer a variety of summer school learning opportunities for students ages pre-K through adult. Due to the improving COVID environment, the format for summer school will primarily be on campus and in person following public health recommended safety guidelines. There will also be some online options available to high school students.

At the high school level, courses will be available at Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, and Shadow Hills high schools to students in need of credit recovery. Courses such as physical education and art, will also be available at some school sites for students who have impacted schedules during the regular school year. The first semester of summer high school will begin on Tuesday, June 8 and conclude on Thursday, June 24. The second semester of summer high school will begin on Monday, June 28 and conclude on Thursday, July 15. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday most weeks with the addition of Friday, June 11, and Friday, July 9. There is no school on Monday, July 5 in observance of Independence Day. Classes will begin at 7:45 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. with a 20-minute break from 10:25 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. The scheduled dates and class times at the alternative education sites, Amistad and Summit high schools will be adjusted to meet the needs of the alternative education students.

At the middle school level, programs will be available at some campuses to students in need of academic support. Some schools sites will use the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Math and Science Summer Bridge Program. These programs offer high-engagement math and science content and are designed to accelerate learning by enhancing students’ critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills through interactive and collaborative lessons and activities. In addition, some school sites will use the AVID English Language Development (ELD) Program. This program provides English language learners with an opportunity to engage in interactive and fun lessons that focus on academic language acquisition, community building, and school connectivity. Some of the school sites will offer learning opportunities in June; others will offer them in August before school begins.

At the elementary level, learning opportunities will also be available at some school sites in June and early August. Students will have the opportunity to attend summer school at a neighboring site if their campus is not hosting a summer school program.  These programs will address the needs of students who would benefit from support at the end of the school year as well as those who need a jump-start heading into the new school year. These elementary school sites will offer a summer program designed to address the learning and social and emotional needs of their students.

In addition, Extended School Year (ESY) will be available for pre-kindergarten through adult special education students. High school and adult students will be at La Quinta High School. Pre-kindergarten through middle school students will be at Adams Early Childhood Learning Center.

For more information on these summer programs, please contact your local school site administration. For school contact information go to the Desert Sands Unified School District website by clicking here.

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