COLUMBIA — Columbia Public Schools will make the following changes to its summer school programs, effective this summer:
- Increase the number of online courses from four to 12. Online courses are available for students in grades nine through 12.
- Offer Chinese language classes for the first time during the summer for students entering grades seven and eight.
- Allow students who will be reassigned from Mill Creek Elementary School to attend summer school at the schools they will attend in the fall.
- Increase the number of English Language Learners, or ELL, teachers in kindergarten through 12th-grade classrooms to meet higher enrollment.
- Offer Advanced Placement courses at Battle High School.
For the second year, driver's training classes will be offered at Battle, Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools. District Title I Supervisor Ben Tilley said the district was surprised at the level of student interest in the program, which includes in-class, online and practical components.
The increase in online courses will allow students to experience classes that might not have high enough enrollment to be held in regular summer school classes, Tilley said. The courses, which include art appreciation and music appreciation, use the same curriculum as their school-year counterparts.
The Chinese language program, which works with the MU Confucius Institute, allows students to gain valuable experience by learning a world language, Tilley said.
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