Too School for Cool
Gina Cusing ‘16
As some students rushed to Tahoe, Europe, or the beach when the final bell of the year rang, others prepared to head back to school for summer classes. Whether students chose to learn about chemical reactions, how to write the ideal college application essay, or the history of the world, they were sure to get the most out of whatever class they took. Most SI students choose to take summer school in order to get ahead during the regular school year. By taking a summer class, one can open up either a semester or year-long class in their schedule.
The average summer class lasts about six weeks for three to five hours a day. Each class offered over the summer contains the same curriculum as it would during the school year, except compressed into a shorter amount of time and taught at a faster pace. "It was really fun to learn about events that affect our culture and country today such as the World Wars and the Cold War." said Lizzie Ford '16. Because the classes are quite popular with students, spaces fill up fairly quickly.
Summer school is not only an opportunity to get ahead in one's classes, but to meet and become friends with people one might not normally meet during the school year. The classes have a more relaxed environment, with jeans, no polos, and generally lenient rules. Rosalyn Chiang '16, who took World History II, said, "It's like school, but it's ten times better and you get to eat in class. I would most definitely recommend it for future students." Summer school is just one class for part of the day, so there is plenty of time to do homework and study for tests while still enjoying summer. The schedule also worked out for several students with off-season practices for SI sports.
However, summer school does have its downsides. It takes up a large part of the summer and can sometimes mean a lot of homework. The classes require focus and understanding, as learning a large amount of material every day can be challenging and sometimes boring. Also, tests and quizzes are given more frequently than the regular school year, and deadlines for things such as projects and papers are tighter. It is more challenging, and seeing countless photos on Facebook and Instagram of people enjoying their summer in Spain or Disneyland while learning about industrialization or sines and cosines could make one question why he or she signed up for summer school.
Overall, summer school is a great opportunity for anyone that wishes to get ahead in their classes or get an extra study period, though it still is school, complete with finals and homework. Even so, nearly everyone recommends it and it pays off during the school year. An extra study period or completing Fine Arts requirements ahead of time does have its benefits.
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