Summer Acceleration Academies Provide Support

Summer Acceleration Academies Provide Support to Students Needing Academic Boost
Posted on 04/23/2021
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Disparities in student achievement existed prior to the onset of COVID-19, but the pandemic widened those instructional gaps. To address these issues, the School District of Palm Beach County will provide enhanced summer programming, detailed in a comprehensive Student Academic Support Plan (SASP).

The SASP solidifies the District's approach to addressing instructional gaps. As such, Summer Acceleration Academies were created containing strategies to help students prepare for success in the upcoming year. The initiatives are targeted at elementary, middle, and high school students to provide a boost to those students who have fallen behind or need additional support.

The Academies are free, and multiple programs exist that each have different criteria for participation. Students are identified for participation typically based on indicators that they are falling behind academically. The students will then need to register for a program.

“Since March 2020, the face of education has changed dramatically. Our students have been resilient, and have worked through so many challenges,” said Diana Fedderman, the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning. “However, the challenges of distance learning have also taken a toll on the academic progress of many students, and the summer academies will provide the opportunity for advancement. With these programs, students will enter the upcoming year prepared for success.”

The programs will engage participants with unique learning experiences in arts, music, physical education, STEM activities, and project-based learning. Students will will be exposed to enrichment activities and leave the programs more prepared for success in the upcoming grade level.

The Summer Acceleration Academies will run from June 28 – July 22. It will have Extended School Year (ESY), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and Migrant programs scheduled at cluster sites, centralized locations where students from approximately three schools are supported at a single site. VPK (Village Academy) runs from June 24 – July 29.

Programs are available at the various educational levels:

ELEMENTARY

• Rising first, second, and third graders: accelerate student achievement in reading and math by providing an engaging instructional program through project-based learning, STEM/STEAM, physical education, art, music, social-emotional learning.

• Expanded Summer Reading Academy (SRA) for third grade: designed for students in third grade with Level 1 scores on Winter English Language Arts (ELA) Diagnostic. Students will be accelerated for reading on grade level and for promotion to the fourth grade through face-to-face instruction.

MIDDLE

• Middle School Course Recovery: students in the eighth grade are prioritized, and sixth and seventh grade students who need remediation.

• Jump Start to High School: students who have failed two or more grades or students whose age in seventh grade is commensurate with someone who failed two or more grade levels.

HIGH

• Graduation Support Academy: for students who have not met one or more criteria for graduation. Priority will be given to 12th graders who need to graduate in FY21.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free to students at summer school sites and summer camp locations. Additionally, bus transportation will be provided for students in all summer programs. For any questions about Summer Acceleration Academies, and to register, families should contact the principal at their child’s school.

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