Stevenson’s 2019 summer school enrollment was its highest ever. This year’s enrollment of 2,174 students eclipsed the previous record of 2,055 set in 2004, and marked an 8.3% increase over last year.
Almost half of the students enrolled at SHS this fall took a summer school course in June or July, including 78% of the incoming freshman class. In addition to the large percentage of incoming freshmen taking summer school, 42% of rising sophomores, 35% of rising juniors, and 42% of seniors-to-be were enrolled.
Since falling to 1,298 students in 2013, Stevenson’s summer school enrollment has risen in each of the last six years.
Here are some notable facts about the 2019 summer school:
- Of the 53 courses offered, 36 had enough enrollment to run. There were 80 sections of classes during the first session from June 4-27, and 45 sections during the second session from July 1-25.
- World History and College Essay Workshop continue to be the two most popular courses. World History, which is required for graduation, is an eight-week course than spans both sessions of summer school. Approximately 520 students, mostly incoming freshmen, enrolled in the course. College Essay Workshop, in its fourth year, was taken by 374 rising seniors. The week-long workshop helps students in developing strong essays and personal statements for college applications. About 80 students took advantage of an evening option for the workshop.
- Four summer travel enrichment classes were part of the program, and 89 students participated. Twenty-five students traveled to Spain, 25 went to Central and Eastern Europe, 24 visited the Dominican Republic, and 15 went to New York City’s fashion industry.
Each session of summer school is 16 days long, with classes running from 7:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. each day. Stevenson’s summer school generally follows a four-day week, except around July 4.
Read the entire 2019 summer school report.
Students wait at O’Hare International Airport for their service trip to the Dominican Republic.