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April 23, 2013

We are aware that many parents are looking for programs for their child to attend during the summer. While searching for a program this summer there are a few things to keep in mind. All programs are not the same and there may be programs that exist that Long Beach Unified School District is unable to grant credit for.

Things to Keep in Mind

Public and Private High Schools:

  1. Are they accredited by the WASC organization or one of the sister regional accrediting agencies?
  2. Does the school have an UC “a-g” approved course list? If they do not, Cal State universities and UC universities will not accept the courses to fulfill college entrance requirements.
  3. All courses that are taken at a private school require that a course outline and syllabus be provided to LBUSD for each course taken. This is to determine that the scope of the course is comparable to LBUSD courses in order to earn credit toward a diploma.
  4. All direct instruction programs (teacher led) that are requesting credit must be scheduled to meet for a minimum of 60 hours in order to earn 5 credits.
  5. All independent study programs (programs with weekly teacher meetings and multiple assessments) must have students attending for a minimum of six weeks.
  6. Only programs that are either direct instruction or independent study will be approved. No stand alone online courses will be approved for graduation credit.
  7. A student may not attend a program until after the regular school year has ended, which is June 12, 2013.

Community Colleges:

  1. Students are able to take courses at community colleges, however it can be challenging to actually get a seat in a course during the summer due to the limited number of sections available.
  2. Community Colleges all have deadlines for enrolling in concurrent courses, so please contact the college that you hope to have your child attend to determine their deadlines.
  3. The colleges are likely to require that students take a placement exam to determine if they qualify for the course they are trying to enroll in. Contact the college to find out their placement criteria.
  4. Most community college courses will receive elective high school credit for enrichment or vocational courses. However, if courses are taken at Long Beach City College, they may be able to receive core graduation credit.
  5. Concurrent enrollment forms are available at your high school and must be signed by the high school Principal. Once completed the forms need to be submitted to the college that you plan to enroll in. In addition to the college concurrent enrollment forms, a “Request for Dual Credit” form must also be submitted to the school site for approval.

Once you find a program that you plan to have your child attend, complete the appropriate corresponding form (see below) and submit the form to your school site for required signatures. The form will then be sent to the district office for approval. Please note that all courses need to be pre-approved by the district Curriculum office in order to be considered for LBUSD credit. You will be notified of the status of your request via email. If you have any additional questions, please contact your school counselor.

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February 19, 2013

Over the past few weeks, as new details have emerged about the elimination of the 2013 Summer School Program, families have requested information on academic supports that can help students pass their classes, especially in math. Here are a few useful resources:

iLearn
This resource features a live person working on actual examples from the students’ math textbooks. It offers a practice quiz for every section and a practice test for every chapter. In addition to textbook support, iLearn provides assistance on the California High School Exit Exam and district assessments, including sample questions and video tutorials.

Students and parents may access these tools through their school's home page by clicking the "iLearn" icon.

GEAR UP Math Tutorials and Retake Exams
GEAR UP, a federal college readiness grant at the six comprehensive high schools, gives extra help to students who receive D or F grades in Algebra, Geometry, and Intermediate Algebra chapter tests. This intervention offers additional instruction and retake exams. If students do well, they could have their original chapter grades replaced with higher scores.

For more information, students and parents should contact their math teacher. Each comprehensive high school operates its own unique program, so families are advised to inquire about the opportunities available to them.

Throughout the Spring Semester, as other resources become available, we will share them with you at www.lbschools.net/summer. We hope that open communication helps to address some of the challenges brought about by the elimination of the 2013 Summer School Program.

February 5, 2013

Two weeks ago, after announcing the elimination of the 2013 Summer School Program, the Office of Secondary Schools received numerous messages from students, parents, and employees. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions:

What exactly has been eliminated?
The entire 2013 Summer School Program has been eliminated. This includes both credit recovery courses, which allow students to make up D’s and F’s, as well as summer bridge math courses, which give students a head start in Algebra, Geometry, and Intermediate Algebra.

Does the elimination of the 2013 Summer School Program affect special education?
No. Special Education Extended School Year (ESY) will continue to take place.

Will the Summer School Program return in 2014?
At this point, we do not know whether the Summer School Program will return in 2014. We hope that it is only a one-year loss, but California’s ongoing fiscal crisis makes it hard for us to say anything with certainty.

What can students do to make up classes that they have failed?
Some sites have a limited number of credit recovery classes. Students should contact their counselor to discuss specific details and availabilities. Overall, we cannot emphasize enough how important it is for students to take their classes seriously so that they pass them the first time.

As the Spring Semester progresses, we continue to welcome any feedback that you may have, and we urge you to visit www.lbschools.net/summer periodically. The elimination of the 2013 Summer School Program is difficult for everyone. We hope that open communication helps to ease the transition.

January 22, 2013

Dear Students, Parents, and Colleagues,

As you may know, California’s enormous budget cuts to public education have caused the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) to reduce its own budget significantly over the past several years.

As part of our continued cost-cutting efforts, we will unfortunately eliminate the 2013 Summer School Program. State and federal funds, which help to pay for this program, are expected to decline further, and we cannot afford to live beyond our means.

Recently, California voters approved Proposition 30’s temporary taxes to fund schools. This allowed districts like ours to save some programs, but not all. Although Prop. 30 lowered the amount of cuts that we had to make, we must still reduce approximately $20 million from our budget. The elimination of the 2013 Summer School Program is one of these difficult reductions.

After numerous years of enduring the fiscal crisis in California, there are no easy cuts left for us. But, despite the elimination of the 2013 Summer School Program, we remain committed to our students. As the Fall Semester comes to a close, we encourage families to monitor grades frequently through SchoolLoop, take advantage of any available tutoring opportunities, and begin preparing for a successful Spring term.

Many of you will likely have questions as you read this message. So, over the next several months, LBUSD will provide regular updates on any developments related to the elimination of the 2013 Summer School Program. Please visit www.lbschools.net/summer, where all of our communications will be posted. Also, as our entire high school community adjusts to this news, we welcome any feedback that you may have.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to maintain our education programs despite the state’s unprecedented budget cuts. We deeply appreciate your continued support of our students and schools.

Sincerely,
Pete Davis
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools

Long Beach Unified School District • 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach CA 90810 • (562) 997-8000 • www.lbschools.net