Summer School 2020

  • The Illinois Governor has extended the current Shelter In Place order until Sunday, May 30, 2020 and in-person instruction has been suspended through the end of the 2019-20 academic year for all schools in Illinois. This has required ETHS to make some difficult decisions about summer school. ETHS has developed a summer school plan to ensure the safety and health of students and staff, to align with the state guidelines, and to support students’ continued learning.

    ETHS Summer School 2020 will be offered remotely with a focus on supporting our current students with the completion of graduation requirements, Special Education extended school year (ESY) courses, and to provide targeted literacy and math support.

    Unfortunately, ETHS is not adequately and equitably able to offer our enrichment and transition programs in a remote format. The following courses have been canceled:

    • 1 Graphic Design
    • 1 Theatre
    • Access ETHS
    • Biotechnology
    • Innovating Through Design
    • Introduction to Drawing and Painting
    • Journalistic Writing and Production
    • NSERVE Career Exploration Courses
    • Prep to 1 Humanities
    • Prep to 2 Algebra
    • Prep to Geometry
    • Science Research Methods
    • STEM in Sports
    • Technology Application for Young Adults

     All students enrolled in a canceled course will automatically have priority access to register for the same course, if offered, next summer.

    Current ETHS students impacted by course cancellations will be contacted by the Summer School Office regarding options to transfer into another course with availability. Options for a virtual CTE or Fine Arts credit will be available for students seeking to fulfill a graduation requirement. Students who do not transfer into another summer school course by May 18 will receive a refund.  

    For all incoming 9th grade students impacted by these course cancellations, we will automatically issue a full refund of all fees over the next few days. Credit card refunds typically appear within 5-8 business days.

    Remote Course Information

    It is important to note that remote learning in summer school will not be the same as the remote learning that students are currently experiencing. Daily engagement will be essential. To award high school credit for summer school, districts must ensure that students must complete 60 instructional hours per semester credit earned. The Illinois State Board of Education reaffirmed this requirement in a May 6, 2020 Summer School Guidance Document.

    All courses will operate in a 26-Day format that will consist of 2.5 hours a day of instruction that will be delivered in synchronous (using digital platforms like Zoom for webinar-style instruction, class or small group discussions, critiques, and conferences) as well as asynchronous (recorded teacher instructional videos and independent/flexible student work time for assignments and projects) ways. Attendance to scheduled synchronous learning is mandatory for students to meet the instructional hour requirement. 

    Summer School Schedule

    Summer School 2020 attendance days will remain the same as previously scheduled. The first day of summer school is June 4 and the last day of summer school is July 15. The first two Fridays, June 5 and June 12, will be attendance days. There will be no class on Fridays beginning on June 19.

    The start time for classes has been shifted by two hours

    • Period 1 will run from 10:00am-12:30pm.
    • Period 2 will run from 1:00pm-3:30pm.

    Economics and American Legal Systems were originally scheduled in a 13-day, full-day format. These classes will now be offered in a 26-day half day format. If you are enrolled in Session 1, your class will meet during Period 1. If you are enrolled in Session 2, your class will meet during Period 2.

    Limited Registration Cancellation Window

    If you have changed your mind or you are not interested in taking your summer school class in a remote format, you can receive a full refund if you cancel your registration by May 18. After that date the normal summer school refund policy posted on the summer school website will resume. 50% tuition refunds will be available through June 1. No refunds will be issued after June 1.


    Recovery credit courses and continued learning opportunities to finish an incomplete will be available to students at no cost. Tuition and registration fees will be completely waived. Counselors will be in contact with students and families who can take advantage of this opportunity.

    Availability in non-recovery graduation requirement courses is limited. Existing waitlists will be used first to fill any available seat. Standard tuition and registration fees will apply for these courses. There will be further updates about late registration opportunities if there are available seats.

    It is important to note that shifting to a virtual class format does not increase the seating capacity of the course. 

    Driver’s Education

    Due to the uncertainty of when the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will reopen and begin to issue permits, we are canceling Drivers Education for the summer as well. We will continue to monitor changes in social distancing guidelines to evaluate the capacity of ETHS to operate a smaller scale Driver’s Education program later on in the summer.

    Contact Information

    If you have any questions about Summer School, please call the Summer School Office at 847-424-7963, Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm, or email Bill Farmer, Summer School Director, at

    Updates about Summer School 2020 will be emailed as more details become available. Please continue to check the ETHS coronavirus web page for the most up-to-date information.