School's Out for Summer... for Some EAA Students

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Students attending six Detroit high schools run by the state Educational Achievement Authority can choose to spend less time in the classroom this summer. The EAA is adopting a trimester program that provides students with more flexibility to work, complete internships, or earn course credit during the extended school year. The new third term begins June 22 and ends Aug. 6. Spokesperson Crystal Wilson says the EAA high schools adopted a trimester schedule based on student feedback.

“There was a lot of high school students who really did not appreciate the longer school year last year," she said. "We know that they are our ultimate customer. We took time to listen to what sorts of things they didn’t like about it. We did not want to give kids the summer off who are already trying to catch up.”

Wilson says the EAA school year is already 40 days longer than traditional schools in the area. She says the trimester will give students flex time to complete online courses while working summer jobs or babysitting family members. The EAA runs 15 under-performing schools in Detroit.