La Crosse School District summer enrollment aims for rebound as registration opens

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — Summer school registration for the La Crosse School District is now open, and officials are aiming to get enrollment to bounce back.

Lagging numbers are more than just a local problem.

A Wisconsin Policy Forum report shows summer school enrollment took a nosedive throughout the state in 2020.

Last year, enrollment started improving in many districts, but still not up to pre-pandemic levels.

The same goes for the La Crosse district.

The district went virtual with some summer programs in 2020, said summer school coordinator Garrett Zimmerman. But it was not the same as what the district usually offers.

Enrollment increased last summer, but only to roughly half of the school’s enrollment in 2019.

Leaders are trying to get more students enrolled by doing extra recruitment, offering unique classes, and changing classroom atmospheres, Zimmerman said.

“By doing all of those, we’ll have a great opportunity for students to socialize, get to work with each other, maybe get to experience a new building, and engage in our summer curriculum,” he said.

Summer school offers programs that students would not have the chance to participate in during a regular school year, such as learning how to work on a farm, he said.

“It’s something like as an adult I go and want to participate in the classes,” Zimmerman said. “Like that shows you what kind of engaging teacher practices are going on.”

Summer school in La Crosse is available for students entering kindergarten through 12th grade.

It runs from June until August.

More information about the district’s summer school program can be found here.