WEST ORANGE, NJ — After five weeks of hard work for three , the students involved in West Orange High School’s (WOHS) second summer student recently completed the necessary requirements to recover course credits toward graduation.
The "West Orange Public Schools Summer Institute Credit Recovery," which began on July 1, offered Algebra I and Algebra II, and English 9/10, English 11 and English 12 courses to students in grades 9 through 12. Classes ran from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and were taught by WOHS educators Saira Azad, Elicia Baker, Lori Bollotta, Teresa Harris, Allan Norville, Jonathan Tick and Caniece Williams.
This summer, the institute provided increased course offerings in both math and English Language Arts. Courses are free to West Orange residents while out-of-district residents pay a fee of $340, which is competitive with other local school districts.
Summer Institute Coordinator Dana Peart explained that the institute enrolled 51 students this year, four of whom were on target to graduate and receive their high school diploma by the end of the summer session.
“It is truly gratifying to see these students focused on learning and taking advantage of this opportunity to recover course credit through this program, particularly those who will graduate in August,” said Peart.
Peart added that she has received positive feedback from teachers and students alike.
Norville (Algebra II) said the coursework reinforces “important skills that students often forget over the summer” and that the students should now be “well-prepared for the next level of coursework in September.”
“The Summer Institute allows students to receive more individualized instruction,” said Azad (English). “Students are thus able to improve their content area skills by identifying their strengths and pinpointing their weaknesses via conferencing and one-on-one instruction.”
Graduating senior Nahgie Robinson-Purefoy, who particularly enjoyed the literature taught in Baker’s class, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to recover his course credits.
“It feels good to have the opportunity to take this course and not have to come back to school for another year,” he said. “I do not have to prolong my future plans and I can get on with my life. I appreciate this chance very much.”
The final three days of the program, which officially ended on Aug. 1, were reserved for the mandatory New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA), giving students the opportunity to pass or improve their previous test scores.