Summer Bridge enrollment nears 6,000 students
Enrollment in the Pinellas County School District's new summer program has neared the 6,000 mark. As of midnight Friday, 5,995 students in elementary and middle school had registered for the six-week, voluntary classes.
That's a good sign for the success of Summer Bridge's first year.
High school students won't register until they get their results on this year's end-of-course exams. The school district also plans to open registration a third time after the results come in for third graders. That means the numbers are likely to tick up even further.
Superintendent Mike Grego announced the new program months ago, saying that he wanted to target 10,000 to 12,000 struggling students for summer school. Students qualify for the program based on scores on tests, such as the FCAT, end-of-course exams, and assessments for younger students.