Summer school enrollment up, dropout rates down

TRI-CITIES - Making strides to graduate more students. It's the efforts made at our summer schools.

KEPR dug through the numbers. Summer school programs in Kennewick are capped, so numbers are steady. But class sizes went up slightly for both Pasco and Richland.

The rise comes as dropout rates go down between 2007 and 2011. Officials say summer school graduates more kids, which correlates the trends. One parents tells us keeping kids in the classroom year-round is essential.

"The kids that especially have a hard time retaining what they learned - and then that way, it's in them all the time," said local parent Gil Augilar.

Those school programs range from regular secondary and middle school classes, offering credits to those who need them or want to work ahead.