Summer Academy 2011

Tuesday, June 21 – Friday, July 29

 

Detroit Public Schools’ six-week Summer School Academy 2011 will serve approximately 35,840 students as part of the district’s mission to raise academic achievement among struggling students, in conjunction with a more rigorous curriculum under the district’s five-year Academic Plan that was implemented in the fall.

There is no cost to Title I eligible District students or their families for Summer Academy 2011. Elementary and Middle students will receive a letter from their school principal if they are eligible, while High School students will be notified by their guidance counselors.

The Academy includes special programming for incoming and transitioning pre-kindergartners; a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Summer Program for students with a focus on academic enrichment opportunities for children; a Virtual Summer School component; programming to increase their time-on-task and accelerate learning, including academic tutoring in literacy and math; a K–12 Summer Bilingual High-Need Program; a Special Education Extended School Year Program and much more.

“It’s well established that students who do not read at grade level by grade three have trouble mastering other critical subjects, such as mathematics, science and social studies,” said Emergency Manager Roy S. Roberts. “And when students lack reading skills, they are at greater risk later of being placed in special education classes and are more at risk of eventually dropping out of school. To give students the necessary skills they need to become proficient—and to assist students who have fallen behind—we have created an extremely robust Summer School Academy 2011.”

“And though this program will be called a Summer Academy, it effectively marks the beginning of the 2011-12 school year for many of our students who need a continuation of learning opportunities to help them achieve the high standards demanded under our rigorous curriculum,” Roberts said.

The program will employ 2,035 teachers, and 510 support staff, including counselors, aides, clerical staff, as well as administrators.

The Summer Academy 2011, which generally lasts from Tuesday, June 21, 2011 to Friday, July 29, 2011 provides time for each member of the school community—students, teachers, supervisors and parents—to continue to study with a focus on literacy. Extra time and intensive, quality instruction will be available for students preparing to take the next administration of Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) assessments as well as allowing struggling high school students the opportunity to catch up with their peers so that they are on track for graduation and prepared for post secondary options.

Summer Academy 2011 also requires a teacher professional development component for all teachers, including special training for new teachers.

 

Mission

 We know that students who do not read by grade three have great difficulty mastering other skills and subjects, such as mathematics, science and social studies. These students are at a greater risk of referral and placement in special education or remedial classes with low expectations and eventually these students simply drop out of school. We must guarantee that each student will read at the determined standard of proficiency by grade three. The first benchmark determined by the state occurs at the third grade. DPS children must be prepared to meet and exceed this first test of proficiency and to that end, a summer instructional program for students has been designed to strengthen the literacy skills of all students, but particularly those who are struggling in literacy.

Summer 2011 represents the beginning of School Year 2011-2012 and affords the continuation of learning opportunities for students to achieve high standards with a rigorous curriculum. The Summer Program provides time for each member of the school community—students, teachers, supervisors and parents—to continue to study with a focus on literacy. Extra time and intensive, quality instruction will be available for students preparing to take the next administration of Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) assessments as well as allowing struggling high school students the opportunity to catch up with their peers so that they are on track for graduation and prepared for post secondary options.

 

About Summer Academy 2011

The curricula for grades K-6 will be literacy and mathematics. For grades 7-8, the focus will be on project-based instruction in Pre-Algebra concepts, while literacy will be taught through novel-based instruction. At the high school level, students will be able to make up core academic courses in which they were not successful. For special education students and English Language Learners, instructional opportunities will be offered for students who must take the MEAP assessments.

 

Student Eligibility

Elementary Level: (students currently in grades PreK - 6)

All students in grades preK through six who did not meet the minimum performance criteria on the Battelle Assessment, DIBELS and/or the grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 MEAP Assessments will be expected to attend the Summer Literacy Academy. For students in grades K – 3 who are in the red zone on the Middle of Year DIBELS assessment the summer school program is mandatory. For students in grades 3 – 6 who scored at the Partially Proficient or Not Proficient levels in either reading or mathematics on the MEAP the summer school program is mandatory.

Middle School Level: (students currently in grades 7 and 8)

For students in grades 7 and 8 who scored at the Partially Proficient or Not Proficient levels on the MEAP assessment in either reading or mathematics, the summer program is mandatory.

High School: (students currently enrolled in grades 9–12)

Students in grades 9 – 12 will be offered opportunities to make up core academic courses in which they were not successful.

English Language Learners and Special Education Students:

All instructional opportunities will be made available for second language learners and students with special learning needs who must also take the MEAP assessments. These opportunities will be made available in inclusive settings.

Extended Year for Identified Special Education Students:

Information on the Extended Year program for identified Special Education students will be forthcoming.

 

Special Programs at Summer Academy 2011

BELL and CATAPULT Summer Initiatives

BELL and Catapult will operate the summer program in approximately 30 of our summer school sites. These programs set high expectations for scholars and include elements that are proven to increase their time-on-task and accelerate learning, including academic tutoring in literacy and math; mentorship from young teachers and college students; experiential learning through cultural activities, community service; parental involvement; and ongoing training and professional development for staff.

Summer Migrant Program

Detroit Public Schools provides a K-12 Summer Migrant Program for migrant students to participate in reading, mathematics, science, and social studies classes in a small class sized setting. A student is identified as migrant if his/her family has moved within the previous 36 months to obtain temporary or seasonal work in agriculture or fishing. Parents must sign a certificate of eligibility to be able to participate in the program. Priority for service includes children not participating in any other supplemental program and/or who require English Language support. Home based instruction provides academic tutoring for public and private non-public pre-school children and those children not able to participate in the district's summer school program.

Summer High Needs Bilingual Program

Detroit Public Schools provides a K-12 Summer Bilingual High-Need Program for bilingual students to participate in content area instruction with an emphasis on literacy development in a small class sized setting. Children in this program are most in need of English Language support and would not qualify for participation in other district programs because they are new to this country or have not yet been tested on the state assessments (MEAP/MME). Bilingual staff is selected who have the skills and certification to boost English language skills while providing content instruction so that children are learning while they are learning English.

21st Century

Detroit Public Schools provides a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Summer Program for students with a focus on academic enrichment opportunities for children. The program will be site theme-based this summer. Academic enrichment activities are hands-on and designed to help students meet local and state academic standards in subjects such as reading and math.

Destination Virtual Summer School

Instructions will be distributed to schools in early June.

Special Education Extended School Year Program

This special education program will be conducted for 4 days a week for a full day from July 5 – August 17.

Extended School Year (ESY) and Summer School – Special Education Programs and Support Services

Prekindergarten Summer School Opportunities

Detroit Public Schools, Foundations for Early Learners offer two Summer School programs for prekindergarten children. In order to assure all young learners get off to a good start with a solid foundation, two programs address both incoming and current prekindergarten children. Both summer programs are for six weeks and are half-day.

DPS Summer School Program for Incoming Prekindergarten Children

This summer school program is targeted to serve children who are getting ready for prekindergarten. The curriculum will cover an introduction of letters, numbers, language development and small and large motor skill experiences. Topics include: Now I Know My ABC’s and We Count!

DPS Summer School Program for Transitioning Prekindergarten Children

This summer school program is targeted to serve children who are transitioning into kindergarten. The curriculum will cover two concepts. ‘Growing and Changing’ engages children in activities that reveal how time changes the world around them—and how it changes them. ‘Ready for Kindergarten’ engages children in activities that revisit and review all of the things they have learned in Pre-K. These concepts will also strengthen oral language and vocabulary development, phonological awareness, comprehension, letter recognition, and number sense.

Both Incoming and Transitioning programs provide children with meaningful learning opportunities that combine academic rigor and extracurricular events/activities, designed to develop the whole child.

New Teachers

The Office of Professional Development and the DFT will collaborate on the designing of professional development for new teachers hired for the 2011–2012 school year. During the Summer Academy 2011, new teachers hired before or during the first three weeks of summer school will observe the experienced teacher's organizational and classroom management techniques, assist the teacher with small groups, familiarize themselves with strategies for most effectively communicating with students and gain an overall idea of the expectations of and for teachers in the Detroit Public School District. Guided questioning and observation forms will be reviewed with both the experienced teachers and the new teachers before the experience takes place so that everyone is aware of the expectations and goals of the program.

 

Sites

Students are expected to attend at their home school if that school has been identified as a Summer Academy 2011 site. Students who attend those schools that are undergoing massive renovation over the summer may register at an alternate site or attend with their school at the identified swing site.

 

PreK – 8

  1. Academy/Americas
  2. Ann Arbor
  3. Bagley
  4. Barton
  5. Bates
  6. Beard Early Childhood
  7. Beckham
  8. Bennett
  9. Bethune
  10. Blackwell
  11. Bow
  12. Brewer
  13. Brown
  14. Bunche@Garvey
  15. Burns
  16. Burton
  17. Carleton
  18. Carstens
  19. Carver
  20. Chrysler
  21. Clark
  22. Clement
  23. Clippert
  24. Cooke
  25. Davison
  26. Dixon
  27. Dossin
  28. Durfee
  29. Earhart at Southwestern
  30. Edison
  31. Edmonson
  32. Ellington
  33. Emerson, all in new bldg.
  1. Farwell
  2. Fisher – Both at Lower Building, Denby at Upper
  3. FLICS
  4. Gardner
  5. Garvey
  6. Glazer
  7. Golightly Ed. Ctr.
  8. Gompers
  9. Greenfield
  10. Hally
  11. Hamilton
  12. Harms
  13. Henderson
  14. Holmes, AL
  15. Howe
  16. Hughes
  17. Hutchins
  18. Hutchinson
  19. Jemison
  20. JR King
  21. Law
  22. Logan
  23. Loving
  24. Ludington
  25. MacDowell
  26. MalcolmX/ Robeson – K stays at Annex, grades 1 -8 @ T. Marshall
  27. Mann
  28. Mark Twain
  29. Marquette
  30. Marshall T, also host grades 1 – 8 MalcolmX/Robeson
  31. Mason
  1. Maybury, also hosts Webster
  2. Murphy
  3. Neinas
  4. Nichols
  5. Noble
  6. Nolan
  7. Oakman
  8. OW Holmes
  9. Palmer Park
  10. Parker
  11. Pasteur
  12. Phoenix
  13. Priest
  14. Pulaski
  15. Robinson
  16. Rutherford
  17. Sampson
  18. Schulze
  19. Scott
  20. Sherrill
  21. Spain
  22. Stewart
  23. Thirkell
  24. Trix
  25. VanZile
  26. Vernor
  27. Vetal
  28. Wayne
  29. Webster @Maybury
  30. White
  31. Wilkens
  32. Wright, CR
  33. Young

High Schools

  1. Cass @ DSA
  2. Central
  3. CMA
  4. Cody
  5. Crockett
  6. Davis
  7. Denby @ Fisher Upper
  8. Detroit City
  9. DIA
  10. Douglass, also hosts Northwestern
  11. DSA, also hosts Cass
  12. Finney
  13. Ford @ Emerson (original building)
  14. King, ML @ GolightlyCTC
  15. Mumford
  16. Northwestern @ Douglass
  17. Osborn
  18. Pershing
  19. Renaissance
  20. Southeastern
  21. Southwestern
  22. West Side Academy
  23. Western @ Webster

 

Transportation

The District transportation policy will be followed.

 

Food Service

Students will be provided a breakfast and lunch.

 

Student Registration

Summer Academy 2011 will focus on preparing students to do well on MEAP assessments, to be promoted or to graduate. Summer Academy 2011 is mandatory for students in grades K – 3 who have been assessed in the red zone on DIBELS assessments and for students in grades 3 – 8 who have scored at the Partially Proficient or Not Proficient levels on the MEAP assessment in either Reading or Mathematics. Senior high school students who need to make up core content credits are eligible to attend summer school.

Parents or Guardians of students in PreK – 8 will be notified if their student is required to attend Summer Academy 2011. Upon notification, the parent or guardian is asked to complete the application and submit it to the school. Parents or Guardians of students not mandated to attend, but who would like their student to attend Summer Academy 2011 may pick up an application at the school.

High School registration is conducted through the school sites and guidance counselors following the registration information distributed by the Office of Research, Evaluation and Assessment.

DPS students may register at any DPS school.

Title I eligible students at the district’s contract schools are eligible. Out-of-district students who want to attend the program must pay $250 per section. They must come to the district’s Welcome Center to register.

 

Calendar of daily activities

There will be several components to the instructional program for students that will vary depending on the grade level. The instructional program will begin for students on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 and end on Friday, July 29, 2011. The various programs include:

Elementary – Grades PreK – 6

Students will receive instruction in literacy for two hours each day and mathematics for two hours each day.

7:45 – 8:00 Arrival and breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 Literacy Instruction following structured curriculum
10:00 – 12:00 Mathematics Instruction following structured curriculum
12:00 – 12:20 Lunch
12:20 Student Dismissal

PreK will follow the same reporting and ending times, but their day will be broken into small time-frames for activities that are more appropriate for students of this age.

Middle – Grades 7 – 8

Students will receive instruction in literacy for two hours each day and mathematics for two hours each day.

7:45 – 8:00 Arrival and breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 Literacy Instruction following structured curriculum
10:00 – 12:00 Mathematics Instruction following structured curriculum
12:00 – 12:20 Lunch
12:20 Student Dismissal

High School – Grades 9 – 12

7:30 – 8:00 Arrival and breakfast
8: 00 – 10:05 First period
10:05 – 12:10 Second period
12:10 – 12:30 Lunch
12:35 – 2:35 Third period
2:35 Student dismissal

Special Education Program

Elementary Special Education students whose IEP indicates that they are expected to take the MEAP assessment and attend classes in an inclusive environment are encouraged to register for summer school. Paraprofessionals will be assigned to inclusion classes. Students will be assigned according to home school enrollment or the nearest school to their home school if the home school is not a summer school site. Transportation will be recommended as a part of the student’s assignment. Students will use the same materials and textbooks as regular education students, with modifications. The Division of Special Education will supply the necessary materials for modifications and adaptations. The Division of Special Education will provide information regarding a program at specific sites for students who cannot participate in an inclusive environment.

 

Attendance

Attendance is a critical factor in student achievement. PreK–8 attendance will be taken daily and reported no later than 10:00 a.m. each morning. High School attendance should be scanned no later than 2:00 p.m. each day. Due to the accelerated nature of the Summer Academy 2011 programs, students may not miss more than 3 days. Students will be dropped from the program after 3 absences. Exceptions may be granted by the Summer Academy Site Supervisor for reasons of documented illness, family emergency or family bereavement.

 

Student Assessments

The Q4 Benchmark Assessment will be used as the pre-test for all students. The post-test used to evaluate the growth of the student over the 6 week period will be an end-of-the Summer Benchmark Assessment and will be administered the last week of the summer program to all students except graduating seniors. Students attending Summer Academy 2011 who have been recommended for retention will be reevaluated at the end of the summer program using both teacher input and pre- and post-test results. Teachers will make recommendations to the student’s home principal regarding promotion or retention. The final decision for promotion based on summer school achievement will be made by the principal.