Our Summer Academic Program is a program focused on helping children in Kansas City, MO prevent the learning slide that can occur over the summer, meanwhile serving the working parent as well. This program is for students entering Kindergarten – 8th grade. The program runs from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Mondays – Fridays in the summer. Students focus on English Language Arts (ELA), math, fine arts and physical activity with the help of certified teachers, youth counselors, and volunteer tutors. Instructional time is from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm each day, with a break for lunch. Teachers track each students’ progress daily to ensure quality programming. After instructional time, students are able to participate in various enrichment activities, and are also given an afternoon snack.
All of this is FREE to our families. Our program is open to all students, regardless of family income. We try our best to accommodate all of our applicants. We do not turn any students away until our capacity has been met.
“Learning to read better has been my favorite part of the summer because it makes me feel like an smarter, older kid.”
Cherish, Summer Program participant
Summer Program Components
English Language Arts (ELA): We hire certified teachers to work with our students on ELA skills. To supplement our ELA program, we use a computerized system called Accelerated Reader. This administrative tool helps us track the ELA progress of each and every student. Each student is tested at the beginning of the program with a STAR Reading Test to determine the grade level they are ELA on. The goal is to have each student work with a tutor to enhance the ELA process, and encourage the student to stay on task. Tutors are guided by the certified teacher in each classroom. To evaluate our progress, students take a comprehension quiz on each book they read in the Accelerated Reader program. This system generates data that allows our teachers to make decisions as to how to guide a student to ELA success. As the summer comes to a close, the students are tested again in the STAR system to see how much they have progressed.
Math: Math is essential to the education of our students. Certified teachers also work with our students each day using a curriculum modified for the grade level they teach.
Fine Arts: All students have the opportunity to be exposed to fine arts programming throughout the summer program. Music, art class, and field trips to the Nelson-Atkins Museum to expose our students to the wonderful world of art.
Nutrition & Wellness: Each student is provided with a nutritious lunch and snack each day. Students are also exposed to recreational activities in the afternoon. We keep our students healthy & active all summer long!
Field Trips: Field trips take place in the afternoon when instructional time is finished. Field trips provide an outlet of fun and a reward for the students’ hard work on ELA and math. Field Trips include activities such as visits to the Kansas City Zoo, LEGO Land, the Aquarium, and more!
Evaluation of our Curriculum
In 2007, with a $40,000 grant from the Hall Family Foundation, we had Johns Hopkins University send in a team of Ph.D.’s to evaluate our ELA program. The evaluation showed that in the eight weeks the students were with us the average student gained one full academic year in reading! That result made us one of the top summer ELA programs in the country. This quality carries over into our After School Program as well. Click the link to read the Johns Hopkins Evaluation – Executive Summary.
For more information on how to enroll your student in Summer Academic Program, please call us at (816) 363-3819.