Higley USD waives secondary summer school fees

Higley USD
Higley USD will offer credit accerleration through the Mesa Distance Learning Program this summer. (Courtesy Higley USD)

Higley USD will offer credit accerleration through the Mesa Distance Learning Program this summer. (Courtesy Higley USD)

The Higley USD governing board waived secondary summer school fees for this summer at a special board meeting May 7.

The board also agreed to allow district students to enroll in Mesa Distance Learning Program courses to earn up to two semester credits this summer. MDLP comes from the Mesa Public Schools district.

Students still have credit-recovery options through HUSD summer school if they failed a class as well as some math skills enhancement classes. All summer school classes will be online.

Dawn Foley, HUSD K-12 educational services assistant superintendent, called MDLP “one of the best online curriculums.”

“This is a curricular option that is very high-quality and will allow our students to have access to this as part of our summer offerings,” Foley said.


Both actions passed on 5-0 votes.

Foley said the special board meeting was called to allow the district to quickly start advertising the option to students.

Board Member Scott Glover said students who take “A hour” classes can use this option to get ahead and not have to “get up before the crack of dawn if they wanted to get ahead” and do so at no cost.

Board Member Jill Wilson said it also will allow students to open up their schedules for opportunities to take career and technical education class options.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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