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For elementary and middle school students in the Fairfax school system, summer offerings will depend on which school they attend. Due to budget cuts, not every school will offer summer courses.

School board vice chair Brad Center says something is better than nothing, especially under current financial constraints. But the lack of one uniform curriculum may make things tricky in the future.

"I do have a concern that it will be difficult to measure how successful we are, and then where do we go from that," he says.

As it stands, approximately two thirds of the district's 177 elementary and middle schools will be offering some sort of summer curriculum this year.

Attendance is also expected to be robust at Fairfax's high schoools. Debbie Strayhorn, who heads summer school programs at Lake Braddock High School in Fairfax, will oversee 1,400 students.

Some of those students are part of the district's summer institute for the arts, and others need credits to meet state standards.

"Half the students are here for enrichment, so they're excited about being here," she says. "The other half the students are motivated to graduate, so they're going to do what they need to do in their classes."

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