Summer school enrollment at Paso Robles High School has gone up by about 200 students compared to last year, which means close to 700 students are now taking classes.
While about half of the students are taking remediation classes this summer, others are getting ahead on their credits.
Motivated students at Paso Robles High School can now enroll in college courses being offered at the high school campus through Cuesta College.
“We are just really excited that our kids have taken this opportunity to use summer to either get ahead and really make themselves competitive to apply for college,” said Jennifer Gaviola, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Deputy Superintendent. “Kids make mistakes sometimes and they have to make up courses. This is a great opportunity to do that.”
Gaviola said Cuesta is paying about 40 percent of teacher salaries. The rest, about $25,000, is coming from the district.
English teacher Matt Carrol said he is happy to see students who want to succeed.
“The students that we have here are highly motivated. They are being great Bearcats and they are getting ahead on credits, which I think is great,” he said. “Or they are getting caught back up which I think is great for everybody and good for the social climate here on campus.”
The online courses being offered this summer at the high school are intended to help students graduate earlier, while in-person classes are intended to replace poor or failing grades. Both are free of charge to students.