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West Side School District will offer Summer School FREE to all students in Grades K-12. We realize that many students suffered academically because of the pandemic — losing 8 weeks of class during the 2019-20 school year, suffering in on-campus instruction due to sickness or quarantines, and opting to choose virtual coursework rather than in-person instruction. Those factors contributed to learning loss for many students; for some, promotion or credit recovery requires successful completion of summer school.

Depending upon the demand, free transportation may be available.

For Grades K-8, in-person instruction will begin June 3 and take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays. K-5 instruction ends June 25, Grades 6-8 ends June 29. Math and literacy courses will be in 1½ hour blocks; parents may choose either or both, depending upon the needs of the student.

For Grades 9-12, online courses will be delivered on campus through Virtual Arkansas, the High School’s online course provider. Core area courses are available, as well as a few electives. Classes are held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. each weekday from June 3-30 or in a second session July 6-August 2. Students may earn up to 1 credit or more by attending both sessions at no cost.

Parents who wish to enroll students should contact the school at (501) 825-6258. Elementary students need to be enrolled as soon as possible; high school students may be enrolled as late as June 1, but  a verbal commitment from parents this week is preferred.

Students across the country have suffered learning loss due to the pandemic. This no-cost summer school aims to shore up academic achievement by focusing on the Essential Learning Standards in literacy and in math. It is vital that students remain on grade level or make up academic ground.

Elementary teachers have been in contact with families of students who can utilize the extra academic help of summer school. The High School will be contacting parents in the next few days as semester grades are finalized. Some students will be required to complete summer school in order to be promoted. Some Grade 9-12 students, who need to recover credit from failed courses, should attend summer school in order to graduate on time.

However, summer school is open to all students, not just those who are struggling academically, including Grade 9-11 students who want to advance in coursework. If you have any questions, please contact the school at (501) 825-6258.