Faced with parents who are up in arms over a proposal that La Cañada High School's standard of 6,960 instructional minutes per summer-school class be applied to non-district summer schools, the school board Tuesday tabled a decision on the recommendation.
Of particular concern to some parents is the fact that if the district requires 6,960 instructional minutes per summer-school class taken off campus — the same number of minutes currently met at La Cañada High School — courses taken at Hillside School and Learning Center, which each amount to 3,480 instructional minutes, will not be accepted at LCHS.
Hillside, which sits next door to the public high school, offers core subjects and has long been relied on by many local families trying to meet their teens' learning and scheduling needs. Approximately 70% of Hillside's summer enrollment comprises La Cañada High students, according to Bob Frank, the school's executive director.
Frank said he believes his school's smaller class sizes and high-quality teachers make up for the fewer instructional minutes.