St. Mary Parish Offers Summer Learning Institute for 2020

Posted by Susan Dupre on 5/21/2020

The St. Mary Parish Virtual Learning Program will once again offer its Summer Learning Institute, a program that allows students to take advantage of the summer break by enrolling in new courses or retaking courses for high school credit.

Courses offered during the Summer Learning Institute’s 6-week session are condensed versions of the same high-quality, instructor-supported courses offered by the Virtual Learning Program during the school year. Successful students will find themselves working 10 to 20 hours each week, depending on the intensity of the course selected.  They can work from home on their own computers or use portable devices to work from other locations like a hotel room or a relative’s house. The flexible nature of online courses means that students can still participate in normal summer activities if time is also allocated to keep up with the weekly course schedule. 

While traditional summer school is usually restricted to students with remediation needs, the SMPVLP Summer Learning Institute encourages students to consider enrolling in a course if

  • The course is not offered at their assigned school.
  • Their schedules are too full to add fun or unusual electives.
  • They have failed a course and wish to retake it to avoid falling behind.
  • Schedule conflicts are preventing students from taking a required course.

Enrollment in SLI is open to high school students attending public, private, or charter schools. For students in St. Mary Parish, the online application must be completed by a student's school counselor. The application window opened on Wednesday, May 20, and will remain open through Wednesday, June 3, 2020. A personal check or money order made out to the St. Mary Parish School Board must accompany each application. 

All courses begin on Monday, June 1, 2020. More information is available on the Summer Learning Institute webpage.