A significant decrease in the number of students attending summer school in Hilliard is expected this year, but assistant superintendent Andy Riggle said the district will still offer the program.

A significant decrease in the number of students attending summer school in Hilliard is expected this year, but assistant superintendent Andy Riggle said the district will still offer the program.

"We really believe as a district that it provides a valuable service to our students," he said. He said it helps some graduate and gives others a jump on their course work.

Riggle anticipates that several students will take advantage of the new physical education waiver and won't attend the program.

Last year, he said, 600 students attended, but this summer he is projecting the number at 200. He said his information is based on feedback from school counselors and calls coming in from parents.

If his calculations are correct, Riggle said, it will cost an estimated $132,000 to offer the program.

Fees for some courses will be raised by $10, $15 or $20 if students register late.

Early-registration fees range from $150 for a 13-day elementary course to $345 for all 26-day, full one-credit classes. While elementary course fees remain the same after May 11, the tuition for the full one-credit course may jump to $475 after May 25.

The high school summer school program, which will be held at Weaver Middle School, has a registration date of Feb. 17.

The middle school program, which will be held at Tharp Sixth Grade School, has the same Feb. 17 registration date.

Elementary courses will be held at Hoffman Trails Elementary School, with an early registration of April 13. All of the English Language Learner (ELL) classes will be held at Avery Elementary School with an early registration date of April 13.

Riggle said it is important for the students to register early. This allows the district to know if it will have the minimum number of students required to offer the class. He said that usually the course isn't offered if fewer than 20 students are enrolled.