Sumner Moves to Intersession

March 13, 2018 08:17 PM

(ABC 6 News) - It's an outside-the-box approach to education; students at Austin's year-round school have just started a three-week break but they're spending their time at school.

“We try to be creative, we try to have some fun, it's a little more relaxed atmosphere," said Sumner Elementary Principal Sheila Berger.


Intersession is the 15 in Sumner elementary schools 45/15 calendar, "We call it intersession because it's really in between our sessions," added Berger.

"We learn about math and reading and we read articles and we practice fluency and we work with robots," said 4th-grader Jose Gustavo Bautista Lopez.

Intersession is voluntary but recommended for students who are struggling academically.

"For our students, it really is advantageous because we intervene before the struggle gets too significant," said Berger.

Intersession is open to all Sumner students and it's become a place the kids want to be. 

"Probably the first year we had the modified calendar and intersession we had somewhere around 100, 125 kids [...] we're well over 200 now,” said Berger.

Jose said he's enjoying his intersession, “I'm in tech team and we work with some robots [...] and it makes you more confident in yourself and you do better in school."

“The research has shown that if you attend a modified calendar K-12 you actually gain from 1 to 1.3 years in academic knowledge [...] that's a great outcome for just changing up the same number of days into a different formation," explained Berger.

This is the 7th year Sumner has operated on the modified calendar.


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