Random draw for summer school hopefuls

Summer school was once a stigma for marginalized students as recently as the early 1980s.

But over the past two decades, it's become an uber popular way for ambitious students to improve their grades for their university and college applications.

Now, you'll have to get lucky just to get in. On Wednesday, the Richmond School District announced that students will be randomly selected for placement in summer school classes for English 12, Math 12 Principles, Physics 11 or Social Studies 11.

Students who are not assigned a seat will instead be placed on a priority waitlist.

Michael Khoo, Richmond School District's director of continuing education, said: "It's more than likely that a student will be assigned a seat in their course of choice. This process is to help provide an equal chance for students to obtain a seat in a course while reducing stress and anxiety for parents and students—this draw is not first come, first served, but by random assignment."

The online application process ( opens for registration on the following dates (The schools listed are the locations where classes will be held, and the times are when the classes will begin): Tuesday, April 10 for English 12 at R.A. McMath secondary in Steveston, at 8 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.; Wednesday, April 11 for English 12 classes at 8 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. at J.N. Burnett secondary; Thursday, April 12 for Math 12 Principles at McMath at 8 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.; Friday, April 13 for Math 12 Principles at J.N. Burnett secondary; Monday, April 16 for Physics 11 classes at R.A. McMath at 8 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.; Tuesday, April 17 for Physics 11 classes at J.N. Burnett at 8 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.; Wednesday, April 18 for Socials 11 classes at R.A. McMath at 8 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.; and Thursday, April 19 for Socials 11 at J.N. Burnett at 8 a.m. and 12:05 p.m.

The application deadline for all classes is Sunday, April 22.

Students who submit an application for one of the above courses will be sent via e-mail confirmation of acceptance or priority waitlist placement by Saturday, May 5. If spaces become available during May and June, students on the waiting list will be contacted.

Regular registration procedures will be in place for all other summer courses, the district said.




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