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Released: 03/27/2000

<p> Classes for the Children&acute;s Academic Program for Summer (CAPS), coordinated by the Division of Continuing Education and Technology at Louisiana State University at Alexandria, are scheduled for Monday through Friday, June 19-June 30, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the LSUA campus. </p><p> The fee for the two week program is $200. Families with more than one child enrolled in CAPS must pay the full fee for one child, but will receive a $20 discount for each additional child. The fee includes a soft drink and chips each day, as well as an official CAPS T-shirt. </p><p> "Each year many classes are filled to capacity, and for the past several years, there has been a waiting list to enroll," said Dr. David Huey, coordinator. This year marks the program&acute;s sixteenth year. CAPS is open to any student who will complete the third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade this May and who is academically and socially prepared for this challenging program. </p><p> To be eligible for CAPS, students must meet one of the following criteria: (1) be certified as "Gifted and Talented," (2) have maintained a 3.0 (B) average for each reporting period during the current school year, or (3) have the written recommendation of his or her teacher and principal. </p><p> Registration for students who were in the program last year, or who are brothers and sisters of continuing students, began Tuesday, March 21 and will continue until Friday, April 19. All registration applications must be mailed. </p><p> All other students may register beginning Monday, April 24 through Friday, June 9 or until classes are filled. Registration applications for new students should not be postmarked before Saturday, April 22. </p><p> Applications for all students must be accompanied with a recommendation form from his or her teacher and principal verifying that he or she is not a discipline problem and proof of eligibility. </p><p> Students take four 45 minute classes each day. Class schedules with alternate choices are submitted with the application. No class changes are allowed once CAPS has begun. </p><p> Several new courses have been added to the schedule this year. Participants in grades 5 and 6 can choose from new offerings such as Business Today, Become a Chef!, Chess, and Microbiology. Badminton is a new sport offered this year in addition to some returning favorites, such as Archery, Golf, Soccer and Tennis. Back this year in the arts are Improvisational Acting, Play Production and Creative Dramatics, and for those budding scientists, we have Chemistry for 5th and 6th graders. </p><p> For additional information on CAPS or to receive an application form, please contact either Dr. Huey or Doris at 473-6495. </p>