Summer school opportunities in District 126 begin roughly one week after graduation ceremonies. Summer school is an opportunity for students who need to recover credits
to make them up during the summer months between semesters. Students cannot use summer school to apply a credit for a future course in the curriculum
. However, if a student is not eligible for the Behind-the-Wheel component of driver education during their sophomore year due, they may use summer school to complete their BtW.
Summer school is scheduled into two three-week sessions of five hours each day. During a session, students may register for two .5 credit courses, for a total of 1.0 credits per session. Students may register for both sessions, allowing students to recover a total of up to 2.0 credits during summer school. Students should meet with their guidance counselor
to ensure that they are registered for courses that will recover their credits quickly.
As with 9th hour, summer school utilizes the Apex Learning
system for many, although not all, courses. This system is a self-paced system, allowing students to work at their own pace, but students must ensure that they have completed each course during the three-week session for which they are enrolled. Students who do not complete their courses will not get a refund, nor will they earn credit for the course.
To register for driver education during summer school, a student must have received a passing grade in at least eight (8) subjects during the preceding two (2) semesters. Student must live within the boundaries of District 126
to be eligible to register for driver education and have all school fees paid in full prior to enrolling.
In both programs, attendance is mandatory. Students who are absent for six hours during each session will be dropped from summer school. Dropped students will not receive a refund, nor will they earn credit for the course.
In the event that a student has too many credits missing to recover before graduation through 9th Hour
and/or summer school
, District 126
offers Project Recover as a way to complete a student's high school education.
Located at the Pearce East campus, Project Recover utilizes the Apex Learning
system to bring students' earned credits up to date. Once students have recovered, they are eligible to return to NT@ZB to graduate. If need be, students can continue recovering credits after their original graduation date, completing their diploma requirements
during a fifth year.
Like the other Apex Learning
-based options, Project Recover is a self-paced program. Upon admission to the program, the student, counselor, and District Director of Student Services will create a plan laying out the pace that the student must follow to be successful, thus graduating or returning to NT@ZB. Students attend Project Recover in one of the three-hour blocks during the school day, working at their own pace. The courses are completed one at a time, so the student is only focusing on one subject area before moving on to the next one. This allows students to focus on one area of recovery at a given time. To make it more convenient for students to recover credits, students are also able to continue their work outside of school, using an internet-enabled computer to continue their coursework. However, they are still expected to attend the program during the school day so their progress can be monitored and checked against their progress plan.
Project Recover is only available on a limited basis. Students who are not willing to follow their scheduled plan for completion, attend the program regularly, or follow the District 126 behavioral guidelines may be dropped from the program. To be admitted to the program, schedule a meeting with your guidance counselor
to review your current credits and whether Project Recover would be appropriate for your situation.