Many of Buffalo’s 4,000 charter school students are in school in the summer, reports the Buffalo News. Students don’t seem to mind; it’s not as if their families can afford summer camp or family vacations.
At the Enterprise Charter School, classes ended July 15 and start up again on Aug. 16, cutting summer break from 10 weeks to four. In addition, nearly 100 of the school’s 426 pupils currently are taking part in a voluntary three-week intercession, consisting of recreational and cultural activities.
The Community Charter School, 404 Edison St., ends the school year a week later than traditional city schools and resumes classes a week earlier.
Those schedules are designed to give students extra time to learn, to keep them off the streets and to avoid “summer learning loss.” “A lot of the charter schools are concentrated in urban neighborhoods and believe that a longer school year or school day is just necessary for the student population they serve,” said Peter Murphy, vice president of New York Charter Schools Resource Center. “Hopefully, that will put pressure on the traditional school districts to look at the scheduling issue.”
KIPP’s long school day and longer school year gives students 60 percent more learning time than traditional public school students. It helps.