New Form of Summer School
Summer is perhaps the most favorite time of the year for most students. However, there is an emerging trend among high achieving students and how they spend their summers. These students are “previewing”; enrolling in summer classes
to skip ahead and qualify for higher-level subjects. Most of these students are already enrolled in AP and IB classes at their respective high schools. This new phenomenon has also opened up the age old debate about education equity. Since most of these summer classes are expensive and takes place at prestigious prep schools, it leaves poor students out of the competitive college going process.
A summer program at Northfield Mount Hermon Prep in Massachusetts costs $8,200 and Horace Mann High School’s summer physics class costs $4,175. There are scholarship opportunities for some students. Poor students tend to work during the summer to support themselves and their families. This is just a continuation of what is already happening in our schools. A recent report found that a significant gap in participation across racial and economic lines. At high poverty schools, where 90 percent or more of students were black or Hispanic, only 12 percent took one or more AP classes. At wealthy schools that were predominantly white and Asian, 24 percent did. The College Board, among other institutions, want to increase the number of low-income students who taking AP and IB courses during high school.