Summer break no longer means the end of class at Shelby County Schools.
This summer more than 8,000 K-5 students will be able to strengthen their reading, math and STEM skills at the new Superintendent’s Summer Learning Academy. It will take place at 26 elementary schools from June 12-July 21 and is free for all students.
The Summer Learning Academies will feature daily lessons focused on literacy, math and STEM; as well as music, art and health. Students will also have the opportunity to go on fun field trips. All meals for will be provided free of charge, and before-and after-care will be available at all schools. The Academies present an opportunity that school principals believe will prepare students for success in the next school year.
“Numerous research supports that the achievement gap widens during the summer months for schools that traditionally serve underprivileged youth,” says Goodlett Elementary Principal Nadiya McMurray. “The Superintendent is making a step in the right direction by placing summer learning on the front row of school transformation. I am overjoyed that Goodlett is a part of this movement.”
“Our Learning Academy will allow [us] to provide an additional resource to our phenomenal students and parents in our community,” says Scenic Hills Principal Todd Shaffer. “Knowing that our school is a beacon of light in this community, it is with great pleasure that we were rewarded the opportunity to serve our parents and students”
Applications for the Summer Learning Academy will be available online March 27-April 10. For parents who don’t have access to a computer, applications can be picked up at their child’s school or the Parent Welcome Center during the same time period. Spaces are expected to fill up fast so parents are encouraged to sign up early. SCS will email acceptance letters to the students before the end of the year, and any student not accepted will be put on a wait list.
Registration will be held at the 22 Learning Academy sites June 6-8. Parents will need to bring their acceptance letter, their child’s final report card and proof of registration for the 2017-18 school year.
To learn more about the Summer Learning Academies and for a full list of participating schools, click here.