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Santa Clara USD |  BP  6177  Instruction

Summer Learning Programs   

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The Governing Board recognizes that an extended break from the instructional program may result in significant learning loss, especially among disadvantaged and low-achieving students, and desires to provide opportunities during the summer for students to practice essential skills and make academic progress.

Summer programs offered by the district shall be aligned with district goals and curriculum. When feasible, summer programs shall blend high-quality academic instruction in core curricular and/or elective subjects with recreation, nutrition programs, social/emotional development, and support services that encourage attendance, student engagement in learning, and student wellness.

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

(cf. 3552 - Summer Meal Program)

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)

(cf. 5148 - Child Care and Development Program)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity)

(cf. 6153 - School-Sponsored Trips)

Summer School

When funds are available, the Superintendent or designee, with Board approval, shall establish summer school day and/or evening classes.

(cf. 5148.2 - Before/After School Program)

(cf. 6171 - Title I Programs)

(cf. 6175 - Migrant Education Program)

The district's summer learning program may be used to provide supplemental instruction for students failing to meet academic requirements and/or students who desire enrichment in core academic subjects in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. (Education Code 37252, 37252.2, 37252.8, 37253, 41505-41506; 5 CCR 11472)

(cf. 5123 - Promotion/Acceleration/Retention)

(cf. 5147 - Dropout Prevention)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6146.5 - Elementary/Middle School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6162.52 - High School Exit Examination)

(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)

(cf. 6179 - Supplemental Instruction)

Priority to enroll in summer school programs shall be given to district students who:

1. Are eligible for supplemental instruction on the basis of retention or recommendation for retention pursuant to Education Code 37252.2

2. Are eligible for supplemental instruction on the basis of insufficient progress toward passing the state high school exit examination pursuant to Education Code 37252

3. Need course credits in order to graduate from high school before the beginning of the next school year

The remaining openings shall be offered to district students on a first-come first-served basis.

Because summer courses cover extensive instructional content in a relatively short time period, students who have more than three excused absences or one unexcused absence may not receive credit for summer session class(es) unless they make-up missed work in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 6154 - Homework/Make-Up Work)

Additional Summer Learning Opportunities

Sites for summer school programs may be rotated in an effort to make summer school programs more accessible to all students, regardless of residence or regular attendance area, and to accommodate the maintenance needs of district schools.

The Superintendent or designee shall annually report to the Board on summer school enrollment in the current year and previous year for the program as a whole and disaggregated by grade level, school that the students attend during the regular school year, and student population such as students from low-income families, students with disabilities, and English learners. In addition, he/she shall report on the extent to which students successfully achieved the academic outcomes established for the program.

The Superintendent or designee may collaborate with parents/guardians, city and county agencies, community organizations, child care providers, and/or other interested persons to develop, implement, and build awareness of organized activities that support summer learning.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 1700 - Relations Between Private Industry and the Schools)

Strategies to support summer learning may include, but are not limited to:

1. Gathering and providing information to students and parents/guardians about summer reading programs scheduled to be conducted by public libraries or community organizations

2. Collaborating with the local parks and recreation agency and/or community organizations to provide day camps, sports programs, or other opportunities for physical education and activity

(cf. 1330.1 - Joint Use Agreements)

3. Collaborating with workforce development agencies, businesses, and community organizations to provide summer job training programs that include an academic component

(cf. 3260 - Fees and Charges)

(cf. 5113.2 - Work Permits)

(cf. 6178.1 - Work-Based Learning)

4. Encouraging reading in the home, such as providing lists of recommended reading to students and parents/guardians, establishing a target number of books or pages, and providing prizes for achievement of reading goals

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

5. Assigning summer homework in core curricular subject(s) that is due at the beginning of the school year for extra credit

6. Conducting occasional, interactive "fun days" during the summer to provide activities related to art, music, science, technology, mathematics, environmental science, multicultural education, debate, or other subjects

7. Arranging opportunities for community service

(cf. 6142.4 - Service Learning/Community Service Classes)

Legal Reference:


8482-8484.6 After School Education and Safety Program

8484.7-8484.9 21st Century Community Learning Centers

37252-37254.1 Supplemental instruction

39837 Transportation to summer employment programs

41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant

41976.5 Summer school programs, substantially disabled persons or graduating high school seniors

42238.8 Revenue limit for average daily attendance

42239 Summer school apportionments

48070-48070.5 Promotion and retention

51210 Areas of study for elementary schools

51220 Areas of study for grades 7-12

51730-51732 Powers of governing boards (authorization for elementary summer school classes)

54444.3 Summer program for migrant students

56345 Extended-year program for special education students

58700-58702 Credit towards summer school apportionments for tutoring and homework assistance

58806 Summer school apportionments

60851 Supplemental instruction toward exit examination


53025-53032 Intensive reading instruction

53091-53095 Intensive algebra instruction


3043 Extended school year, special education students

11470-11472 Summer school


6311-6322 Improving basic programs for disadvantaged students

7171-7176 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Management Resources:


School's Out, Now What? How Summer Programs Are Improving Student Learning and Wellness, Policy Brief, April 2013


Healthy Summers for Kids: Turning Risk into Opportunity, May 2012

New Vision for Summer School, 2010


Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children's Learning, 2011



California Department of Education:

National Summer Learning Association:

Partnership for Children and Youth:

RAND Corporation:

Summer Matters:


adopted: April 24, 2014 Santa Clara, California

revised: August 13, 2015