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The Benefits of Summer School
The Benefits of Summer School
The Brightmont Academy Team

For some families, summer school can carry a negative connotation. It can be seen as punishment for poor academic performance or something to be endured. Some tend to think that summer school will be a huge sacrifice during the active summer months, but that's simply not the case. Looking beyond a cursory level, summer school can used as a quick avenue towards personal growth and further success not only in middle school or high school but also as a solid foundation while preparing for college.

Here are a few concrete reasons to consider summer classes for your student.

1. Less Distraction and Better Focus

Enrolling in classes over the summer can be a great option for students who learn better when taking fewer classes. By removing the stress from balancing numerous classes and additional extracurriculars, this simplified experience provides greater time margins for students and less distraction. With smaller class sizes, a summer session provides the opportunity for more interpersonal interaction with an instructor who can provide greater one-to-one assistance.

In a recent article by health and wellness publication, Very Well, the author advises that stress from an overloaded schedule during the semester can lead to poor academic performance. By allowing students to take only one course at a time, 100% of their focus can be directed towards better learning and retention of a difficult subject. Summer session is not limited to credit recovery but can be applied to courses that your student has not taken yet to provide a solid foundation for their future learning.

2. Better Interpersonal Connection

Beyond the basic academic benefits, summer school can also boost students' confidence as they begin to hone their social abilities by communicating with their teachers and other student's in a more personal environment.

For those who are always busy and who never seem to have enough time to take all the courses they need, summer school can also be a nice way to cover any extra classes that are needed before graduation without overly crowding a school day schedule. By taking core classes during the summer, you can provide space for your student to explore other electives during the fall and spring semesters, or reduce the school day to make room for a study period.

3. A Fast-Track for Better College Performance

According to IvyWise, summer school can help students prepare for a strong and successful college experience. Extra courses can often mean a head start in the fiercely competitive academic landscape and can allow students to excel and maintain their growth from year to year. By investing in summer classes early in their academic career, students can qualify to take more advanced courses and stand out from among their peers.


Summer school allows both flexibility and a stress-free environment for students wanting to master a course or gain an competitive edge. Regardless of their academic record, enrolling in a summer session is a wise investment of time that will produce compounding returns in the future.


Ruth Wilson is the Founder and Director of Development at Brightmont Academy. She is a certified principal and a board certified educational therapist. She has led multiple teams and served on several non-profit boards, including the Washington Branch of International Dyslexia Association. Ruth continually seeks to expand and share her educational expertise through postgraduate coursework, collaborations with other educators, and consulting and public speaking events.

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