250 GMHS Students Enrolled in 2014 Summer School

August 5, 2014 10:48 AM2 comments
Zehara Khan (left) and Esther Kim, rising sophomores at George Mason High School, work together during George Mason’s Summer Hybrid Learning Academy, while another rising sophomore, Lucy Hoak, works in the background. Most of the students enrolled in summer school at George Mason are there taking a mandatory personal finance and economics class to free up space in their schedules during the regular academic year for electives. (Photo: Courtesy FCCPS)

Zehara Khan (left) and Esther Kim, rising sophomores at George Mason High School, work together during George Mason’s Summer Hybrid Learning Academy, while another rising sophomore, Lucy Hoak, works in the background. Most of the students enrolled in summer school at George Mason are there taking a mandatory personal finance and economics class to free up space in their schedules during the regular academic year for electives. (Photo: Courtesy FCCPS)

More than a third of the student body at George Mason High School are enrolled in the school’s Summer Hybrid Learning Academy, the majority of which are there voluntarily, according to Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS). 250 of George Mason’s 733 students are enrolled in summer school and 140 of the students enrolled in summer school are there to get ahead in their studies.

“A rough estimate of students taking new credit as opposed to credit recovery would be 75% new credit compared to 25% credit recovery and SOL Remediation,” George Mason’s assistant principal Matt Hills told FCCPS. “The new credit numbers are relatively high this year because 140 of our 250 students are enrolled in Personal Finance/Economics class.”

In response to the global financial crisis of 2008, Virginia students are required to take a personal finance/economics class so they graduate with practical financial skills. But the requirement meant the loss of an elective during the academic year, so many George Mason students are electing to take the mandatory course during the summer to make space in their schedules for electives during the year.

  • Taxpayer

    Doesn’t Fairfax County offer the personal finance course on line? Does GMHS require the course be taken in a classroom?

  • JFallsChurch

    “In response to the global financial crisis of 2008, Virginia students are required to take a personal finance/economics class so they graduate with practical financial skills”….maybe this should be required for Congress but might be too late

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