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From partially online classes to traditional courses, Frederick County high school students will have plenty of summer school opportunities this year.

by the numbers

Enrollment for Frederick County’s partially online summer school program: 2006: 12 students 2007: 32 students2008: 78 students2009: 158 students 2010: 296 students2011: 324 studentsSource: Buddy Phillips, teacher specialist for instructional technology at the Frederick County Virtual School

As the end of the academic year approaches, educators are preparing a variety of options for high school students who might be interested in taking classes during the summer.

“They can do it for credit recovery or they can take the courses for enrichment,” said Stacey Adamiak, the new principal of the Frederick Evening High School, which manages the summer school program for high schools.

The Frederick County summer school program, which runs June 25 to Aug. 8, is designed for students of all abilities — whether they want to improve a grade, make up for a failed course, build their credits or take classes that might not be available during the regular school year.

The program has two tracks — one that takes place in a traditional classroom setting and one that allows students to take classes online and check in with tutors. Although both programs attract students each year, enrollments in the online program have been increasing steadily since it started with 12 students in 2006, said Buddy Phillips, program specialist for the Frederick County Virtual School, who set up the program.

In 2011, 374 Frederick County students signed up for the program, Phillips said. Because of a the change in principals at the Flexible Evening High School, officials could not immediately provide specific enrollment numbers for the traditional summer school program.

School system officials expect increase in online enrollment will continue.

In the summer, when many students try to work part-time or travel, the partially online program offers a convenient alternative to traditional classes, Adamiak said. Although students are required to put in at least 15 hours of studying per week, the partial online program allows them to do when it is convenient for them.

“It provides some flexibility for learning,” she said.

The program still has a face-to-face component and students must come to Gov. Thomas Johnson Middle School for three hours one day per week to submit assignments, get help, take proctored tests and check in with their teachers.

Frederick County also will offer traditional style classes for students who prefer face-to-face instruction. The traditional summer school program, which will take place at Gov. Thomas Johnson, requires students to take five-hour classes for four days per week.

In the case of traditional classes and partial online summer school, students can apply through counselors at their home school. The cost of both programs is $200 per credit course.

For the traditional program, students must provide their own transportation. The deadline to apply for the traditional program is June 8.