In an era of high stakes testing and an ever-expanding curriculum, it is imperative we provide our students with as many opportunities as possible to grow academically and to be prepared for advanced and AP courses and eventually the rigor of college.
The purpose of summer requirements in AP/Advanced courses:
* Pre-read on substantive issues to be better prepared for academic work in the fall.
* Maintain and sharpen reading comprehension and writing skills over the summer to prevent students from losing ground as effective readers and writers.
Current research clearly shows that students who do not engage in reading and writing for a few months lose ground as readers. Studies also indicate that academic summer programs increase students’ vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. After all, our athletic teams require summer workouts for physical fitness, and the summer reading and writing programs provide mental fitness.