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Summer school at Galena Park High School - and there is an unprecedented crowd.

On this campus more than 1000 students are doing extra academic duty.

"Summer school is not mandatory. We don't want it to feel like a punishment for the students. We want them to be here," said Shaunte Morris, Associate Principal at GPHS.

Most students are here for help getting over the hump of mandatory end of course exams.

At GPHS the instruction is focused, intense and according to most students, actually welcome.

"I want to go to college and a good college too and I don't want to be stuck at home on my butt just doing work," said Kirwin Galvez, a junior taking a writing course at GPHS.

Galena Park has plenty of company statewide working to keep students on track. STARR results from across Texas indicate nearly half of all high school students tested failed writing, nearly a third failed reading and one in five failed math.

For many students, summer instruction can be the key to earning a passing score.

"They create a special bond with teachers, especially in these summer times where the classes are smaller and they get a little more attention one on one," said Jonathan Frey, spokesman for Galena Park ISD.

And then there's the kids who come to campus not because they need to, but because they want to.

At Galena Park this culinary class is part of the 21st century program - learning, so to speak, for the pure fun of it.

"Another big goal of ours is to enrich students throughout the summer. We want to keep their brains active as much as possible and give them something to do," said Frey.

So whether it's cooking or crafting thoughts on paper, school is definitely in for the summer.

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