HANNIBAL, Mo. -- With the school year winding down, Hannibal educators have summer school on their radar.
Students in kindergarten through 12th grades will have the opportunity to receive extra help on subjects tough to master during the school year, get classes out of the way, learn more about the science, mathematics and art fields or take college classes for dual high school credit starting June 5.
"This year, we have an increase of about 150 students in summer school," Assistant Superintendant Darin Powell said Wednesday at the Hannibal School Board meeting, bringing the number of students enrolled to more than 500.
New this summer is STEAM -- science, technology, engineering, arts and math -- education for children in kindergarten through eighth grade. The STEAM summer camp aims to generate student interest in these fields.
A recent U.S. Department of Education report noted that the number of STEAM jobs in the U.S. will grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, and other reports show that STEAM openings are some of the most difficult to fill because fewer people study in those disciplines.
"We're seeing that the middle school STEAM camp is drawing in students," Powell said.
He said another new aspect of summer school this year is the opportunity for high school students to take college classes for dual credit through Hannibal-LaGrange University and Moberly Area Community College.
"We have 28 students getting dual credit this summer, and hopefully by the time some get to college, they can enter as sophomores," Powell said. The deadline to sign up for dual credit classes was in early May, but Powell said the school still is allowing people to enroll.
He also said summer school will allow older students to complete required classes so they then can sign up for more elective courses that interest them. Older students also can shadow people in fields or jobs they are interested in studying while in college and earn credit for that, too.
Powell stressed the various summer school offerings are meant to help prepare students for the next stage of their education, whether that be college or building interest in a particular field.