Summer Programs for VCS Students

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DELAND – Volusia County Schools is gearing up for comprehensive, rigorous summer programs – including a new academic bootcamp for elementary in June and middle and high school credit retrieval labs in June and July, in addition to VCS’ traditional summer program offerings in July.

This summer’s robust academic offerings will be a mix of traditional brick-and-mortar and virtual options. A variety of programs will be offered for elementary, middle, and high school students. A list is available at vcsedu.org/summer-programs.

Families will be notified by their schools in mid to late April if their student meets the eligibility requirements for the additional instruction during the summer. Teachers and school administrators follow set criteria such as test scores, grades, and classroom evaluations to determine if students will receive the extra assistance during the summer.

“We are asking our families to be on the lookout for invitations from their schools and, if their child is selected for a summer program, to take advantage of this excellent opportunity,” said VCS Superintendent Dr. Scott Fritz. “These summer programs will give students an academic boost to make sure they’re succeeding at their grade level and are well-prepared for next school year.”

VCS is greatly expanding its summer programs this year, funded in part by the federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. ESSER provides financial support to districts and schools to address the impact of COVID-19. Summer programs will be taught by VCS teachers.

For the first time ever, VCS is launching an in-person Extended Summer Bootcamp at 10 selected elementary schools – Blue Lake, Champion, Discovery, Friendship, Holly Hill, Orange City, Palm Terrace, South Daytona, Turie T. Small, Westside, based on state criteria related to overall test scores. The academic program will run June 15-30, with students selected attending 8 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. In addition, virtual tutoring will be available at the district’s 36 other elementary schools within the hours of 8 a.m. to noon June 15-30.

Other elementary-level summer programs include a 3rd grade reading camp, programs for exceptional student education students, reading comprehension, math, and science enrichment for Pre-K through 5th grade (CSI), programs for English language learners, and Voluntary Prekindergarten.

Middle and high schools will also offer programs for exceptional student education students and English language learners, plus other offerings to include an Algebra I bootcamp, driver education (for students ages 15+ with learner’s permit), a biology enrichment program, and Step Up 2 STEM program for students completing 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

Middle and high school students who need to make up academic credits in language arts, math, science, and/or social studies will have that opportunity through credit retrieval labs at select schools. 

Volusia Online Learning will also offer courses this summer. The schedule and registration information will be announced in May.

More information on summer programs is available at vcsedu.org/summer-programs.