For some teenagers, summer means getting a job and earning money; traveling to interesting places; or even sleeping late, relaxing with family and friends, and enjoying a much-needed break from schoolwork.
For other teenagers, summer 2015 was a time to earn essential high school credits for graduation. This summer, 80 Los Alamos High School students worked hard in the LAHS Summer Credit Recovery Program.
Thanks to our dedicated summer teaching staff and skilled technology support from Sal Zapien and Scott Newman, the program recorded a 65 percent increase in the transition rate from 2014.
The summer teaching staff included Lorraine Whalen, Kathy Hipwood and Lee Delano, among others.
The summer curricula included Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English 9, 10, 11, and 12, and Spanish. Each course was a rigorous full-semester online class aligned with state standards.
A learning coach and three certified teachers were available for customized tutoring sessions and to help answer questions. Students also committed a significant amount time outside of regular summer school hours in order to complete their classes.
The Summer Credit Recovery program is an opportunity for students to work online at their own pace. Most importantly, students are able to earn credits necessary to stay on track for graduation.
School District Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said that he is “inspired by the commitment, grit and perseverance demonstrated by our LAHS students.”