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Cautionary Notice: As added and amended by SBX3 4 (Ch. 12, Third Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009) and ABX4 2 (Ch. 2, Fourth Extraordinary Session, Statutes of 2009), Education Code 42605 grants districts flexibility in "Tier 3" categorical programs and provides that districts are deemed in compliance with the program and funding requirements for these programs for the 2008-09 through 2012-13 fiscal years. As a result of this flexibility, the district may choose to temporarily suspend certain provisions of the following policy or administrative regulation that reflect those requirements. However, this flexibility does not affect or alter any existing contract or bargaining agreement that the district may have in place. Thus, districts should examine the terms of those contracts and agreements and consult with district legal counsel for additional guidance. Also see BP 2210 - Administrative Discretion Regarding Board Policy.

The Board of Trustees recognizes that summer school provides valuable opportunities for students to improve their skills and make academic progress. When the need is demonstrated and funds are available, the Superintendent or designee, with Board approval, shall establish summer school day and/or evening classes for purposes of remediation, enrichment, and/or acceleration.

The district shall offer summer instructional programs for graduating high school seniors who need courses for graduation before the beginning of the next school year. (Education Code 41976.5)

The district's summer school program may be used to provide supplemental instruction for students failing to meet academic requirements and/or students who desire enrichment in core academic subjects in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. (Education Code 37252, 37252.2, 37252.8, 37253, 41505-41508; 5 CCR 11472)

Enrollment Priorities

Priority to enroll in summer programs shall be given to district students who:

1. Are eligible for supplemental instruction on the basis of retention or recommendation for retention pursuant to Education Code 37252.2.

2. Are eligible for supplemental instruction on the basis of insufficient progress toward passing the state high school exit examination pursuant to Education Code 37252.

3. Need course credits in order to graduate from high school before the beginning of the next school year.

The remaining openings shall be offered to district students on a first-come first-served basis.


Because summer courses cover extensive instructional content in a relatively short time period, students who have more than two absences may not receive credit for their summer session class(es) unless they make-up missed work in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation.

Rotation of School Sites

Sites for summer school programs may be rotated in an effort to make summer school programs more accessible to all students, regardless of residence or regular attendance area, and to equalize long-term facility and maintenance needs.

Legal Reference:


8482-8484.6 After School Education and Safety Program

8484.7-8484.9 21st Century Community Learning Centers

37252-37254.1 Supplemental instruction

39837 Transportation to summer employment programs

41505-41508 Pupil Retention Block Grant

41976.5 Summer school programs, substantially disabled persons or graduating high school seniors

42238.01-42238.07 Local control funding formula

42238.8 Revenue limit per unit of average daily attendance

48070-48070.5 Promotion and retention

51210 Areas of study for elementary schools

51220 Areas of study for grades 1-6

51730-51732 Powers of governing boards (authorization for elementary summer school classes)

52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan

54444.3 Summer program for migrant students

56345 Extended-year program for special education students

58700-58702 Credit towards summer school apportionments for tutoring and homework assistance

58806 Summer school apportionments

60851 Supplemental instruction toward exit examination


3043 Extended school year, special education students

11470-11472 Summer school


6311-6322 Improving basic programs for disadvantaged students

7171-7176 21st Century Community Learning Centers

Management Resources:


Summer Learning and Wellness Resource Guide

School's Out, Now What? How Summer Programs Are Improving Student Learning and Wellness, Policy Brief, April 2013


Healthy Summers for Kids: Turning Risk into Opportunity, May 2012

New Vision for Summer School, 2010


Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children's Learning, 2011



California Department of Education:

National Summer Learning Association:

Partnership for Children and Youth:

RAND Corporation:

Summer Matters:


adopted: June 23, 2011 Vista, California