Six students who weren't on track for graduation were able to graduate on time this year thanks to summer school programs funded by the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation, the non-profit's head told the Corvallis School Board Monday.
But according to Liv Gifford, who was speaking at a board work session, that's just a fraction of the students helped by foundation-funded summer school programs. In total, 243 students, at the elementary, middle and high school levels participated in the programs this summer.
The foundation contributed $45,700 for summer school programs in Corvallis schools this year, up from the approximately $40,000 it has contributed annually for the programs for the last four years.
According to Gifford's presentation, 64 percent of foundation-funded summer school participants were in high school, many in a credit recovery program at Corvallis High School, 21 percent were in middle school and the remainder were in elementary school. Nearly half of the participants were non-white.
At the high school level, more than 160 credits were recovered by participating students, up from the just over 110 credits that were recovered in the summer of 2015.
Board member Vince Adams said that he liked that the programs include younger students, which he said in the long term could reduce the number of students who need to do credit recovery when they are older.
"Those (high school) programs get a lot of focus because they are the last stopgap," he said.
Superintendent Ryan Noss said the district does fund some summer programs, but the foundation funding has had a number of effects, like getting kids to prepare for college early through college preparatory programs and helping new middle school students feel more comfortable with their school before the school year starts.
"It has had a direct impact on the lives of our students and their ability to graduate."
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