Summer is a time for fun with friends and family, but it shouldn’t be a time where learning stops. Our kids — especially those who face challenges reading at grade level and who are learning English — deserve our best efforts to give them the individualized instruction they need to prevent summer learning loss and so they can be ready to learn with their peers.
That’s the guiding principle behind DPS Summer Academy, a program that combines the efforts of more than 450 principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, food service workers and bus drivers, all working toward a single goal: ensuring our students build on what they’ve learned during the school year and are prepared for success on day one of the next school year.
Summer Academy is completely free of charge for current K-3 students who are reading significantly below grade level or are in an English Language Acquisition program. They receive breakfast, lunch and a half-day of instruction and learning activities. At each of the 18 school sites across DPS, Summer Enrichment Programs run by community partner organizations provide fun activities and excursions during the afternoon. And in order to make this opportunity accessible to as many families as possible, siblings who don’t qualify for Summer Academy are invited to attend the Summer Enrichment Program for the full day, also at no charge.
Full details, including dates and times for each location, are available on the DPS Summer Academy website. Due to the high volume of registrations received, DPS will continue to accept late registrations until April 30.