May 27, 2024


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HCPS summer school learning expanded, more hands-on this year

Henderson County Public Schools’ summer school program begins June 9 and it’s chock-full of hands-on activities for elementary and middle schoolers.

State legislation requires at least one enrichment activity as well as physical activity during either 150 hours, or 30 days, of in-person summer learning. Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Wendy Frye said HCPS, along with community partners, will offer dozens of activities that go beyond textbooks and in-class learning during its six-week program.

The program will be held Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students will get a week off July 5-9 and instruction will wrap up on July 22. Meals and transportation will be provided. 

“The emphasis is on experiential learning this summer,” Frye said. “We want it to have a camp feel – even the parts of the students’ day where they’re in the classroom and getting direct instruction. We really asked our schools to emphasize hands-on learning as much as possible.”