“Summer Academy opportunities are one reason why our English language learners have demonstrated strong academic progress and now significantly outperform their peers statewide and nationwide.”
Dear DPS Community,
Learning doesn’t stop at the end of the school year. For many of our kids — especially those who face challenges reading at grade level and who are learning English — it’s absolutely critical that they continue to receive instruction over the summer months to continue building on what they have learned during the school year and to prevent learning loss. DPS Summer Academy was developed with the idea that summer can be an invaluable time for students to receive individualized instruction so that they can begin the next school year ready to learn with their peers.
This June and July, 25 DPS schools will host 5,000 students at DPS Summer Academy. It’s an undertaking that involves the participation of more than 450 principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, nurses, food service workers and bus drivers from across the district, all committed to ensuring our students receive the support they need to succeed in school.
Summer Academy is completely free of charge for students. They receive breakfast, lunch, half-day instruction and participate in fun learning activities. Nearly all of the school sites are also expanding services to include afternoon enrichment programs, thanks in part to Denver voters’ approval of the 2016 mill levy.
“Our partnership allows students to engage in fun and creative activities designed to address the needs of each child,” said Martha Loera-Olivas, a Summer Academy site leader and dean of instruction at Kepner Legacy.
Every student in grades K-3 at a district-run school during the 2017-18 school year who is reading significantly below grade level is invited to take part in this valuable learning opportunity. Why the focus on reading? We know that students who are reading and writing at grade level by third grade are four times more likely to graduate on time.
We also invite all of our English language learners who are in grades K-7 at district-run schools during the 2017-18 school year to Summer Academy to receive focused instruction to develop their language skills. The Summer Academy opportunities are one reason why our English language learners have demonstrated strong academic progress and now significantly outperform their peers statewide and nationwide.
Equally important, Summer Academy is a lot of fun! Last summer, 93% of surveyed parents reported that their children enjoyed Summer Academy, and 90% of students said they made new friends there.
I encourage you to learn more about Summer Academy on the Summer Academy website. If your child received an invitation to attend, please make sure to return your registration form or register online by April 20 in order to guarantee a place at your nearest school location and transportation, if applicable. If you believe your child may qualify for Summer Academy but you did not receive an invitation letter, please call the Summer Academy helpline at 720-423-3629 or email DPSSummerAcademy@dpsk12.org.
Here’s to a strong finish to the school year and continued learning over the summer!