The regular school year is back in session, but not all schools were shuttered over the summer, nor were all students away from classes.
This year more than 3,000 students took part in Langley School District summer session programs, said spokesperson Ken Hoff.
While there have been high school summer sessions for years, this was the first year for the district to offer elementary courses as well.
There were 15 classes for the younger and middle school students, running from July 8 to 26, Mondays to Fridays, in the mornings.
About half of all the students in summer courses were elementary aged, according to Hoff. The students were spread over the district, with programs at Parkside, Belmont, Peterson Road, Alex Hope, Blacklock, R.C. Garnett, and Langley Fine Arts, while secondary students were at Aldergrove Community, Walnut Grove, and Langley secondaries.
Secondary courses have traditionally been provided for students who needed to improve their grades in one area, or for those who wanted to pick up extra credits before graduation.
One stream of elementary courses was aimed at similar goals, with literary, math, and English as a second language courses.
There were also French Immersion courses at three schools, and Fort Langley ran an Aboriginal literacy support course that has been ongoing.
On the other side of the coin were courses dubbed Explorations, which included fine arts, creative writing, science and technology, and environmental sciences.
Earlier in the year, when the programs were first announced, the district said it would offer the new elementary courses for free to B.C. students. The money was found within existing budgets and the programs would break even if enrolment was high enough.
With 1,500 elementary students taking part, the program is considered a success, said Hoff.
"We're looking forward to bigger and better things for next year," he said.
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