Is your teenager contemplating going to summer school?
Just thinking back to my daughter’s summer school experience gives me the chills. When Caitlin was in high school she took an honor’s chemistry class during the summer. She spent about 12 hours a day studying chemistry. It was hellish, but then the girls’ high school she attended was an academic meat grinder.
After she (barely) survived the class, I ran into a high school chemistry chair at a reunion and she told me that teenage brains aren’t developed enough to absorb a year’s worth of chemistry concepts in just six weeks.
That’s why I’m a little anxious about my son, who is a high school junior, who wants to take calculus over the summer at a community college. He’s already done well with two math classes at the C.C. so I think he’ll be okay. I hope.
If you’re exploring the possibility of summer school, U.S. News & World Report recently published a piece on the pros and cons. It’s geared toward college students, but I’d suggest it’s applicable for high schoolers as well.
Please check out my other college blog at CBSMoneyWatch.com.