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Expansion to Overcome Low Graduation

MEDFORD SUMMER SCHOOL 2MEDFORD, Ore.– The Medford School District is launching a major expansion to try to get more students to graduate. The district is adding 26 licensed teaching staff at its high schools for its summer school program.

Currently the district has a 67-percent, on-time graduation rate. The state as a whole rated 68-percent, which is the fourth worst in the entire country. District officials said they hope this expansion will enable them to reach between 800 and 1,000 students and allow them to catch up on studies so they may graduate.

In the past, Medford’s summer school program consisted of computer lessons to recover credits. School officials said this is the first year the district was able to expand learning into actual classroom sessions. It is also the first year the program is available to high school freshman and sophomores. Teachers will use a combination of classroom instruction, one-on-one tutoring and online curriculum to deliver lessons.

Tune in to Newswatch 12 tonight at 5 and 6 p.m to see where these programs are being implemented and what skills teaching officials hope the programs will inspire to obtain higher graduation rates.