District to Offer Free Summer Programming to Secondary Students

May 19, 2020

Laptop sitting on grassThis summer, incoming secondary students in sixth through twelfth grade will have the opportunity to get a jump start on their upcoming classes through a free Summer Bridge program.

Through Summer Bridge, rising secondary students will work under the guidance of Frisco ISD teachers on the necessary skills to prepare for their core classes in the upcoming school year. 

After a spring of eLearning, the District wants to provide families the opportunity to ensure students start the 2020-21 school year strong.

Each day will have a designated topic, so a student can pick and choose what classes they prepare for. Like eLearning tutorials, Summer Bridge will be supported through Frisco ISD’s RAIL (Reaching All Innovative Learners) platform. 

Students do not need to register for the classes which begin on June 8 and conclude July 2. However, lessons will be recorded and posted on the learning platform so that students can reference back as needed throughout the summer. Rising sixth graders will be housed in Google Classroom and students in grades 7-12 will continue to use Canvas.

“The mission is to create and foster a supportive environment utilizing technology that allows students to engage in meaningful instruction, explore challenges, and problem-solve and enrich their social and emotional capacity,” said Tiffany Carey, director of innovative learning. “We hope that students will engage daily and build relationships with supportive teachers this summer.”

The classes will not be for credit and will not be graded but are instead intended as a skills-based instructional opportunity to serve students and families. The live classes will be from 1 to 5 p.m. in order to allow summer school students the opportunity to participate outside of their morning or evening classes.

"We want to do everything we can to help students enter their next classes with confidence,” Carey said. “We are thrilled to offer this service to our FISD students.”

In addition to academic skills, students will also have access to a social-emotional learning course.

The social-emotional lessons will address student development in the areas of managing emotions, setting and achieving positive goals, feeling and showing empathy for others, establishing and maintaining positive relationships and making responsible decisions.

“Keeping the needs of our students at the forefront, we hope to provide them the confidence they need to start their courses next school year,” said Stephanie Cook, managing director of guidance and counseling services. “This instructional delivery will provide flexibility and unique support, including social-emotional learning.” 

The District looks forward to serving students through Summer Bridge in the links and classes below. 

Middle School Bridge Courses - (class times will be finalized June 3)

  • Math (6th, 7th, 8th grades)

  • English (6th, 7th, 8th grades)

  • Social Studies (6th grade)

  • Science (8th grade)

  • Spanish II

  • Social-Emotional Learning

High School Bridge Courses

  • Algebra I

  • Geometry

  • Biology

  • ELAR

  • Algebra II

  • Pre-Calc

  • Spanish II

  • Advanced Placement Enrichment

  • Social-Emotional Learning

There will be a series of information sessions via webinar that will be posted on the platforms within the links above on:

  • Tuesday, May 26 at 2 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 28 at 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday June 2 at 5 p.m.

  • Thursday June 4 at 12 p.m.

The District is also offering a pilot elementary program to select students. These students will receive an email directly from their principal about the opportunity.

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