Benefits of Summer Learning
Opportunities to address well-documented summer learning loss:
- Research shows that over one month, children lose, on average, one month of what they learned in school.
- For many children, especially children from low-income families, summer learning loss can be cumulative.
- Summer learning loss contributes substantially to the achievement gap.
Opportunities to partner with the community to engage and enrich students with fun activities:
- Connecting to local summer programs gives students activities that last a minimum of six weeks.
- Students need a well-rounded summer experience, with academic lessons plus recreational, arts/music and physical activities.
CPS Summer Programs 2013
June 3 - June 28
8 a.m. - noon
Summer STARS focuses on improving the reading skills of CPS students in grades K-3. This program provides extra reading instruction to students who have not passed the state reading test (OAA) in grade 3 or who are struggling readers in grades K-2.
Students eligible for Summer STARS will receive a letter from their Principal. Siblings of these students may be able to attend an enrichment program at the school during the same hours. Parents must send the letter back to school to reserve a spot in the program.
Some Summer STARS sites have afternoon programming available to students who attend the half-day Summer STARS program. Check with your school to see if this extended day is available.
CPS wants to give every student in grades K-3 every opportunity to pass this test and is dedicating summer instruction to providing this support.
For information on participating CPS elementary schools, contact:
Freedom Schools and Summer Bridge Programs
June 17 - July 26
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Summer Freedom Schools will be offered to students in grades 7-9 who will be entering Aiken and Woodward schools in the fall of 2013. Freedom Schools are six week programs that will help incoming students adjust academically and socially to their new high school environment. With the recent changes to add 7th and 8th graders to the high school buildings, Freedom Schools will be an important bridge program for these students.
Students signed up to attend Aiken and Woodward High Schools next fall will receive a letter from CPS inviting them to be part of the Freedom Schools. These two Freedom schools will be held at Woodward High School and College Hill Fundamental Academy.
Summer Bridge Programs – Students entering CPS high schools will be invited to attend a summer bridge program at their high school of choice. These letters will be sent out over the next month to eligible students and their parents. Summer Bridge programs offer important academic and social support for successfully transitioning to the high school environment.
For additonal information, contact: