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Distance Learning Summer Courses

This summer, as a result of COVID-19, school closings and shelter-in-place orders, we are offering fewer summer courses to Upper School students than usual. Courses grades will be included on a student’s transcript and calculated into the GPA of Semester 1 in the 2020-2021 school year.  Courses will not run if we do not reach a certain minimum number of participants.

Enrollment for these courses is separate from the 2020-2021 course planning process. Please contact the respective department chair for more information about a specific summer course. To enroll in a summer course, print and complete the registration form listed below and return it to Rose Mary Cavalcante in the Upper School office by the due date stipulated on the form. Alternatively, you may simply email the information contained in the form to rmcavalcante@penncharter.com by the due date stipulated on the form.

Summer School Attendance Policy

Typically, one day of summer school is four hours long, 240 minutes. During the semester, a single class meets 200 minutes in a 10-day rotation. In other words, in summer school, students engage in a vast amount of intense learning, in a very short period of time. For instance, in the summer, students can cover in a week what might take a couple of months during the school year. Thus, every day—every minute—is especially significant in the summer. Consequently, full attendance of summer school classes is required, as is punctuality.

Generally, only one day of approved absence is allowed for a student to receive credit for a summer school class. Director of Upper School Erin Hughes, determines whether absences are approved on a case-by-case basis. Approved absences typically include extreme illness (with a doctor’s or hospital’s note) or a funeral. Unapproved absences include: family trips or obligations, participation in sporting events, performances, job interviews, summer jobs, drivers license tests and similar conflicts. Please do not register a student for a summer class if they have a conflict with the class. 

In addition to attending all classes, students must complete all assignments and pass all assessments to earn credit for a summer course. We regret that we cannot offer refunds for summer school classes, even if a student is not able to secure course credit due to poor attendance or failure to complete work.  

Summer Courses