Pinellas' 'Summer Bridge' begins Monday with record enrollment
Summer Bridge, Pinellas County Schools' answer to catching students up to grade level over the summer, begins Monday.
So far, a record 16,000 elementary, middle and high school students have signed up for the four-week program, topping last year's registration numbers of 15,000. The program is shorter this summer because of the district's early school start date of August 10.
District superintendent Mike Grego said about 39 percent of registered Summer Bridige students are black, which is vital to bridge the achievement gap between black and non-black students.
Elementary and middle school Summer Bridge programs are geared more to reading comprehension, math and science, Grego said, while high school programs serve students in need of credit recovery.