Summer Academy

Summer Academy Adds a Focus on Student Engagement
Posted on 07/24/2019
Middle school Summer Academy students present projectSummer Academy builds the skills of qualifying elementary and middle school students to prepare them for the next school year. The summer program promotes academic learning as well as social-emotional learning, and Summer Academy leadership is always researching new ways to help students reach their potential. This summer, staff introduced more ways to engage students that can boost their learning.

Middle School Summer Academy refined its daily schedule with whole-student development in mind. Students started and ended their day in the cafeteria so that every student had access to a free, nutritious breakfast and lunch. Teachers included mindfulness strategies in their lessons to help students develop their social-emotional skills and stay focused in the classroom. The Summer Academy schedule also included 25 minutes of Mindfulness Time when students could choose basketball, kickball or outside time, computer time, or quiet time, depending on their needs. The Mindfulness Time also gave students an opportunity to be active and recharge between 2nd and 3rd hour so they could come back to class ready to learn.

At the elementary level, Summer Academy leadership was excited to introduce a new reading curriculum to engage students. LitCamp builds on the literacy skills students learned during the school year and transforms the classroom into a summer camp setting. Teachers engaged students in group and independent reading and helped them fully understand what they learned through summer camp activities. Students were able to listen and connect to stories around a tissue-paper campfire, read independently in their “bunks,” and create skits to reflect on their learning.