Freshmen Attend Algebra Boot Camp

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A standing-room only group of students and parents filled room G224 at Inderkum High School Monday morning, July 9 for the first day of “Algebra Boot Camp.”
About 120 incoming freshmen were identified as needing the month-long, single-subject summer school program, said Heyman Matlock, director of student services and community relations.
As of Friday, July 6, only 40 or so students had signed up for the program, vice principal Kenneth Durham told THE NATOMAS BUZZ via Twitter. The program is meant to help students who struggled with pre-algebra in middle school.
According to Inderkum Principal George Tapanes, school officials tracked those students invited to attend the program in summer 2011. At the end of the first semester, he said, those in last year’s summer boot camp had a 70 percent pass rate in algebra.

The algebra program is the only traditional summer school class offered at Inderkum High School and the Natomas Unified School District, said Tapanes.
Students who participate earn five school credits, Matlock said.
From May 29-June 28 the district held a computer-assisted summer school program to help 184 11th and 12th graders at Discovery, Natomas and Inderkum high schools to catch up on school credits. (Extended school year classes were held for special education students at the H. Allen Hight campus.)
The school district abruptly eliminated traditional summer school programs for elementary and middle school students in June 2009 as part of sweeping cuts to close an $11 million budget gap.

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