Pinellas' Summer Bridge enrollment, attendance keep rising
The numbers are in.
Summer Bridge, Pinellas County Schools' summer school program, continues to surpass enrollment and attendance projections. The four-week program began last week with a record enrollment of 17,630 students from elementary to high school. While attendance varies day-to-day, on Wednesday, about 7,800 elementary students showed up out of the 11,400 who registered, 1,700 middle school students attended compared to 2,400 who enrolled and 2,300 high school students attended out of about 3,800 who enrolled.
Attendance hovered around 68 percent from June 20 to Wednesday.
During a recent visit to the Times' editorial board, Grego said that more than 30 percent of students registered for the program each year have been black. Black students account for about 19 percent of the school district's student population.
Last week's Summer Bridge attendance broken down by race was not available Monday.
Grego launched the program in 2013 in an effort to curb learning loss over the summer, particularly for students who already struggle. Last year, Grego reported proficiency gains in math, English language arts and science across all grade levels for students who attended the program. He said of the more than 14,000 students enrolled, 9,482 students, or 65 percent, attended for 16 or more days in 2015.