May 19, 2022

District 65’s attempt to ramp up 2021 summer learning met with low enrollment

After a year of mostly remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 expanded its summer learning programs in 2021, but far fewer families opted to participate than administrators had anticipated.

The 2021 Summer Learning Report, included with meeting materials for the Dec. 6 Curriculum and Policy Committee meeting, said 568 students enrolled in summer learning, filling just 54% of the 1,049 general education program seats offered. There were 323 students for the 533 available special education seats (61% filled).

The report noted that “some programs also struggled to maintain an 80% attendance rate,” particularly those that served older students or were scheduled for five to six weeks as opposed to three weeks.