Dublin City Schools are transitioning to mostly online offerings for summer school, but students won't be without educational options.

Dublin City Schools are transitioning to mostly online offerings for summer school, but students won't be without educational options.

Enrichment offerings through the district's community education program could keep students from getting rusty in math, science and writing during the summer.

"We stopped offering summer school classes and started offering summer enrichment," said Gretchen Schuster, district enrichment coordinator.

At the high school level, a handful of blended-learning courses that will utilize online teaching are offered in addition to physical education and Ohio Graduation Test preparation at Coffman High School.

At the middle- and elementary-school levels online resources are being offered in place of classes.

The community education program started two years ago and is overseen by Mary Ann Grimes. Classes are offered year-round.

"We do offer enrichment classes all year long," Schuster said.

"For parents looking for opportunities in the summer, where normally they would look to summer school, now they can look to community education."

Community education classes offering summer enrichment come from district teachers, local businesses and area residents, passionate about teaching, Schuster said.

"To a degree this freed up teachers to offer classes that are their own personal passion," she said.

"There are more classes (in community education) than in summer school when it was all about academics."

At the elementary level, enrichment classes include Camp Invention, Flight School, Summer Stages, Tennis, Clay Creations and Cake Pops.

"There are two Dublin teachers who teach science at Karrer Middle School and they have a company called Brain Fusion," Schuster said.

"They have a summer class called flight school and it's about experimenting with bottle rockets, paper airplanes (and) Newton's Laws ... ."

Other enrichment classes offered by Brain Fusion include Wet 'n' Wild that takes students into wetlands and Cutt'n Up, a class on dissection, Schuster said.

"We have partnerships with Camp Invention," she said.

"We're also partnering with other businesses to bring in science classes (and) Chinese classes. Soccer academy is another partnership. "

Some summer enrichment classes even align with curriculum standards.

"Science camp is looking at the science of sports (and) designing race cars ... . The writing camps teach about how to use a wiki and publishing your own writing," Schuster said.

"Teachers are so passionate about what they do they want to find ways to extend into the summer what they may not be able to do in the classroom."

Along with science and math offerings, the district also has art enrichment classes including oil painting, ceramics, drawing, scrapbooking and clay creations.

Technology enrichment includes video editing with various programs and stop-motion animation.

"There's something for everyone," Schuster said.

"Even for the middle school kiddos we have T-shirt scarves.

"This is an opportunity for kids to connect with teachers in a different grade and building they might not be able to do otherwise," she said

Additional information about community education and summer enrichment courses can be found online at dublinschools.net/springsummer2012.aspx.