Students Get Paid to Attend Summer School, but See Other Rewards

Chris Allen readily admits he was in it for the money.

But after completing Hillcrest High School’s summer academy, he realized a much greater payoff: a confident start to high school.

Earlier this summer, the formerly “shy kid” who rarely raised his hand in his middle school classes, addressed incoming freshmen and their parents about the benefits of the school’s summer bridge program, which offers intensive instruction and pays students who regularly attend and complete their work.

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