Students and staff take on night school

Neha Singh’s night school writing a reflection essay. Photo Credit: Arlette Carino

By Arlette Carino ’21

Students who did not earn passing grades in their classes first semester have to attend night school from February to March.

Neha Singh, a freshman advisor and sophomore Chemistry teacher, believes that night school is a second opportunity for students to prove that they can learn from the struggle during their first semester.

Singh teaches math/science night school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Singh’s goal for night school is to help students “get better especially for SAT growth.” On Mondays, Singh focuses on math and on Wednesdays she focuses on reading practice with science articles. Singh wants to help students “build their comprehension skills.”

Pricila Ortega, a sophomore attending night school, stated she thinks the goal of night school is not failing the class at the end of the year. Singh also stated that it’s great how Pritzker offers night school so that students don’t have to take the classes in the summer.

The first 40 to 50 minutes of Singh’s night school consists of a study hall. For the rest of the class, Singh wants students to have a “solid foundation for whatever class they may be in.” Singh added on,” I try to have something that is SAT aligned and also something that [they can continue in their classes.]”

Singh believes that night school is necessary for advisory because “it’s not a content class.” She believes that if students can’t do the simple thing of signing their newsletters then they will have a hard time doing the basic necessary things in the future. Singh explained “Pritzker does a good job when it comes to keeping kids accountable” such as newsletters and advisory projects.

Ortega stated that she doesn’t believe “[night school for advisory is] useful because recently all [the students] have been doing is homework.”

Ortega also believes night school is not necessary because “it costs money and [she] personally [doesn’t] get much out of it.” Ortega stated she paid 70 dollars for the advisory night school class she has to attend.

Ortega stays from 4-6 but gets a 10-minute break at 4:40 p.m.

If students have LaSalle, they don’t go down to the cafeteria, and stay for night school instead. For AIP/office hours they check in with the night school teacher and it still counts for night school.

Singh states that the reason she volunteered for night school is because she “wants to be there, participate, and help the school as a community.”