WEST ORANGE, NJ — In order to increase opportunities for high school students to recover credits and meet the PARCC graduation requirements, a proposal was made to the school board to launch a new West Orange summer 2018 school program.

West Orange High School (WOHS) Principal Hayden Moore and Eveny de Mendez, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, made the presentation together on Tuesday at the board of education meeting.

Mendez said that West Orange needs to have its own summer school to help students recover credits without having to attend a neighboring school or program with an approximate cost to families of $340 per course.

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She added that a credit-recovery course at summer school will greatly benefit students, who would not have to repeat the course the following year. Mendez said that when this happens it impacts their course sequence, opportunities for advanced level/elective coursework, and in some cases, their graduation cohort.

Moore estimated that between 47 and 96 WOHS students would benefit from a West Orange summer school this year. These are students who need a credit recovery course to stay on track, he said.

Mendez said the secondary reason for the summer school is to help students pass the PARCC graduation requirement or meet the alternative assessment requirement as mandated by the state.

According to the proposal, the approximate cost of the summer program would be $29,850, which would fund two sections of Algebra I, two sections of Geometry, one section of English 9 and one section of English 10. Staffing would include three teachers: two counselors and one coordinator.

Potential revenue would be generated from students from neighboring schools enrolling in either a credit recovery or a refresher course for PARCC in order to retake the test again.

The board agreed to proceed with the summer school initiative, and said that letters to parents and neighboring school districts would be sent later this month. Online registration would begin the week of May 14.