Engaging in Summer School

The transition from middle school to high school can be difficult for many students. At Crown Point High School, Assistant Principal Mark Gianfermi came up with a way to combine summer school with a high school transition program.

The Summer Engage program targets rising ninth graders in danger of failing and offers them a chance to take physical education (PE) along with English and math instruction. The group of about 70 students, who are identified through surveys of their middle school teachers, participate in the six-week program.

Assigned into teams by the teachers, each student receives a T-shirt with their team name. On Fridays, thanks to a partnership with a local business, they go bowling at a nearby alley.

Since Summer Engage started in 2010, the high school has seen the graduation rate move from the middle 80th percentile to consistently over 95 percent. And, students who attend the program have a greater chance of graduating in four years than their peers who do not. “The results have been phenomenal and overwhelming,” says Superintendent Teresa Eineman. “Students who struggle the most are achieving the most.”

Learn more about Crown Point Community School Corporation, Crown Point, Indiana at www.cps.k12.in.us