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Two families choose different paths to academic excellence

May 1, 2011 8:28:01 PM- latimes.com
Jade Larriva-Latt and Derek Lee are both successful students. Her summers are filled with non-scholastic pursuits. For him, summer is the time to sprint ahead in the race to the academic top. The two approaches — one parent-driven, the other more relaxed — have become part of a national debate.

Summers for eighth-grader Jade Larriva-Latt are filled with soccer and backpacking, art galleries and museums, library volunteer work and sleep-away camp. There is no summer school, no tutoring.