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Summer Bridge tops the 12,000-student mark



More than 12,000 students in elementary, middle and high school have registered for Summer Bridge, which starts next week in Pinellas County. 

When superintendent Mike Grego introduced the program in February 2013 he said that his goal was to target 11,000 to 12,000 struggling students. In its first year, about 6,600 students enrolled in the program, though not all of those showed up when Summer Bridge started.

As of Wednesday, the district had enrolled 12,867 students. The first year of the program cost about $3.1 million, with most of that going to supplies. This year is estimated to cost about $2.4 million. The exact figure won't be known until Summer Bridge gets underway because must of it depends on how many students show up.

See our story about this year's program here.

The program has expanded this year, with more school sites and a few new programs for high school students. Rising ninth graders, for instance, can participate in a bootcamp for Algebra I. That's in addition to the program for rising 10th graders who have failed the end-of-course exam in the subject. Students must pass the Algebra I exam to graduate from high school. Students who failed will have another chance to sit for the exam in July.

For more information about Summer Bridge, see here.

[Last modified: Friday, June 13, 2014 10:03am]


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