NCTimes: Non-Profit to Offer Fee-Based Summer School Classes

By Stacy Brandt

Original North County Times Article – May 2, 2011:http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/carlsbad/article_b2bfa712-cca4-5997-a76a-3c31d0af8e2a.html

CARLSBAD: Nonprofit to offer fee-based summer school classes

A nonprofit group in Carlsbad plans to offer fee-based summer school classes this year for high school students who want to get ahead and free up room in their future schedules.

Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s summer academy will offer a variety of classes from June 14 to July 22 that students can take to get high school credit.

In addition to academic courses, there also will be sports camps and noncredit college preparatory lessons available.

The cost is $249 for a three-week course and $495 for full six-week programs. They will be held at Carlsbad High School.

Carlsbad Unified School District employees have helped the organization design the summer program, which is open to students from throughout North County.

However, students from other school districts should ask a counselor at their school whether the class credit will count toward their graduation requirements, said Valin Brown, CEO of the foundation.

“These aren’t just enrichment classes, these are core classes that kids are getting credit for,” he said.

Registration information and a list of classes is available online at www.cefacademy.org.

Having learning opportunities over the summer break is especially important now, as districts across the state have reduced summer school classes in response to getting less money from Sacramento, Carlsbad Unified Superintendent John Roach said.

“I think it’s a really creative way to fill a need,” he said. “The Ed Foundation has kind of created their own school.”

There are still free summer school programs for high school students in Carlsbad who have fallen behind on credits.

The new program isn’t intended for those teens, but is more for students who are looking to get ahead and create more flexibility during the school year, Brown said.

All of the classes will follow state standards and will be similar to the full semester classes at Carlsbad High, Brown said.

Most will be taught by credentialed educators, he said.

Carlsbad Educational Foundation is a nonprofit group that raises money to help support art and science lessons at Carlsbad Unified schools.

For the last three years, the organization has offered enrichment classes for elementary- and middle-school students.

The summer program will cost as much as $180,000 and bring in about $200,000, Brown estimated.

Roughly 400 students are expected to participate.

The foundation will offer $5,000 in scholarships to students who want to take the summer classes but can’t afford them, he said.

“We don’t want a program to be only available to a family who has resources,” he said.

Call staff writer Stacy Brandt at 760-901-4009.