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Earning Credit and Accomplishing Goals at Legacy High

Jesus Carrillo from Legacy High School, completing a workbook

For Jesus Carrillo, summer school has been about hustle.

The incoming senior at Legacy High School has been working hard to earn three credits this summer – enough for him to catch up and be positioned to graduate in June 2023.

"It feels really good," he said.

He's among more than 3,000 students from across the Kennewick School District who are participating in summer school this year. Most programs wrap up this week.

For students in preschool through eighth grade, the focus in summer school is on engaging, hands-on STEAM learning. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

For high schoolers, the focus is credit recovery, extra help in math and/or enrichment opportunities.

Jesus said summer school through Legacy has been a good experience. He's been able to plug away in a calm, supportive environment to accomplish his goal of earning credits toward graduation.

Before summer school, he completed six months at the Washington Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Bremerton, and he previously attended Legacy and Kennewick High School.

"It's good because I can graduate, move forward with my life and be successful," Jesus said. "I want to go into the Navy. I want to be an engineer."

Close-up of a Legacy High student's hand holding a pencil, over a workbook