It may be the height of summer, but Denver Public Schools (DPS) is helping students maintain their achievement gains from the previous school year. DPS is helping kids avoid “summer slide” by providing free, half days of individualized instruction and learning activities, known as Summer Academy. This year, Summer Academy has its largest enrollment to date, with more than 5,500 students.
Young students who need extra help reading at grade level can participate in this initiative at 25 schools across DPS. Additionally, all students in grades K-8 who speak languages other than English can take part in the program and receive individualized instruction to develop their English literacy skills. The classes help students get on track to start the school year reading with their peers. Access to great teachers and personalized learning helps eliminate opportunity gaps that can be barriers to success.
Summer Academy includes breakfast and lunch for the participants, as well as transportation for those who live more than a mile away from their school site. Several partner organizations provide additional enrichment activities throughout the programming thanks to voter-approved funds from the 2016 mill-levy. Organizations include Boys & Girls Club, Scholars Unlimited, Heart and Hand, Generation Teach STEAM Academy and Discovery Link.
Thursday, in celebration of National Summer Learning Day, Summer Academy students and their families took part in fun, outdoor learning enrichment activities including kayaking instruction and carnival-style games at DCIS Fairmont, in partnership with Discovery Link.