DPS to launch Summer Academy 2010 on Tuesday; Enrollment open to high school students from other districts

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-8401
steven.wasko@detroitk12.org
kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org

Summer Academy 2010 will get under way Tuesday June 22 for Detroit Public Schools students who need help making up credits or performing at grade level. It will also be open to high school students from outside the district who need to make up credits.

The program, which will run five days a week through July 29, is mandatory for students in grades K-8 who are not performing at grade level and it will be open to high school students who need to make up credits in order to graduate.

Among the unique aspects of the 2010 Summer Program is the hiring of two teachers for each classroom, which will allow the district to provide teacher training during the school day. The program will offer an art component for elementary school students as well as a summer experience to prepare students who will enter high school this fall.

Registration for out-of-district students will be held 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 22-24 at the DPS Welcome Center, 3031 W. Grand Blvd. Students must bring an official transcript from their current school. Out-of-district students will be required to pay $250 per class. The non-refundable payment must be in the form of a money order.

Students will be assigned a Summer Academy location upon registration, with the assignment based on available slots and course(s) requested.

Current DPS students who are required to attend summer school may still enroll in the program for free. Because some Summer Academy sites are already at capacity, parents are encouraged to call their individual schools to make sure they are still accepting students. If not, children can attend alternate sites.

Nearly 32,000 students in 131 schools participated in last year’s summer school program, and the district expects to serve nearly 40,000 students at 145 schools this year.

Teachers will undergo extensive training in math and literacy instruction this summer, as required by the district’s rigorous five-year Academic Plan.

“It is critical that we offer opportunities for both students and teachers to build their skills this summer,” said Chief Academic and Accountability Auditor Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “The Academic Plan has raised the standards for everyone, and we’ll need to hit the ground running when school starts in the fall to ensure everyone can perform as they should.”

Summer Academy 2010 will be available at schools selected for closure.

Students at buildings that will be renovated this summer will attend classes at alternate sites.

Students in grades k-6 will receive two hours of literacy instruction, two hours of math instruction and 1-1/2 hours of arts in literacy. Seventh and eighth graders will receive two hours each of literacy and math instruction and 1-1/2 hours to work on Tetrahedron Projects. High school students may take up to three courses for academic make-up.

High school students who take public transportation will be allowed to use their old bus passes during the first week of the program, until new passes are distributed.

The 2010 Summer Program will include a managed literacy and mathematics curriculum for students in grades Pre-K – 8 to ensure that all children are receiving the same high-quality instruction based on their needs.

Current 8th graders will have an opportunity to attend their assigned high school for a week in August to familiarize them with the campus, meet their teachers, learn study skills, take pre-tests and begin developing important relationships with their teachers and peers.

For information about the program, visit the district’s Web site, www.detroitk12.org.

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