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  • Writer's pictureJunto HKIS

Summer activities (no more summer camp!)

For a while, it’s been a popular choice for HKIS students to take credit-fulfilling courses during the summer in order to make space for core classes during the school year. Years ago, VADT would’ve been the popular choice, but it has since been forgotten after its abolishment as a credit requirement. Following this, religion courses, available to rising juniors and seniors, became the norm for students to take. In 2024, however, it is not just a single class that has been struck down; it is the HKIS summer school in its entirety.

This means that all courses, whether they are in the religion or arts bracket, are now off the table for summer learning. While the reason for this change is unconfirmed, rumors are that for the time being, the manpower needed to teach this many courses is simply unavailable, possibly due to the time pressure of other life commitments for the teachers involved. What is certain, however, is that this change to the scheduling of our academic year will require students–especially underclassmen or rising upperclassmen–to reexamine their plans for the next prospective years.

Consider this: there are only four years in high school, and each year, a maximum of eight blocks. By the end of senior year, a student will have to have completed four credits of English, two credits of social studies, three credits of math, two credits of science, two credits of a modern language, one and a half credits of performing and/or visual arts, three credits of PE and SPEX, and finally, the last half credit of religion. That makes a total of eighteen credits that need to be completed in all four years, not counting the extra classes required for entry into certain college courses/majors or the classes students might take out of pure interest in a subject. As stated previously, the HKIS summer camp program gave students an avenue to complete these more tedious, semester-long credit requirements, allowing for more “extra” classes (non-credit required) to fill up the school day.

Students may be forced to compromise on a more core-heavy year-long course load in favor of more semester-long electives in order to fulfill all requirements before graduation. A valuable piece of feedback, primarily to underclassmen, is to fulfill the arts credits in the early years before the more rigorous classes become available and your schedule becomes consumed with homework and extracurriculars. After the arts, the religion requirement needs to be planned in advance, either junior or senior year, based on individual schedules, but a person should never be unsure of when, particularly now when there are no more failsafes.

Overall, what this change asks of us students is a greater awareness and planning of our academic schedules and the understanding that, ultimately, we are at the mercy of the choices made by those above us, whether they are fair or not. All we can do is be adaptable and remain ready to face any new challenge head-on.


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