CMS students return to class for summer programs as they prepare for next year – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE — Summer has just begun, but today is the start of the new school year for some ninth-grade students at Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.

On Monday, CMS launches its Summer Bridge Program that helps teens fresh out of middle school prepare for the transition to high school.

Eight CMS high schools offer the Bridging Program, which provides instruction in four areas: math, career and workforce development, social-emotional well-being, and physical enrichment.

School leaders say the program can also help overcome any “unfinished learning” that remains from the start of the pandemic.

CMS is providing these students with meals and transportation as part of the program which runs until July 28.

Also starting Monday, a four-week program is for middle and high school students who speak English as part of a second program. CMS says the initiative prevents summer wastage and supports students to be successful in the upcoming school year.

Enrollment for both programs is closed, but Acting Superintendent Hugh Hattabaugh is expected to announce an expansion of summer learning efforts at a CMS board meeting on Tuesday.

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