Detroit Public Schools Announces 2012 Summer School Academy Targeting 18,000 Students

Program will target PreK-8 students considered low performing and provide a credit recovery program for high school students to remain on track for graduation

Detroit Public Schools announced today plans for its 2012 Summer School Academy, to be held June 19-July 27, with targeted programs to raise academic achievement among low-performing students.

New this year, the district has taken a fiscally responsible and more structured approach to provide the program at no cost only to students who are either low performing or non-proficient based on MEAP testing or other assessment scores.

“Serving a specific, targeted population of students will allow teachers and administrators to improve academics among students who need the most help,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics. “These students will receive one-on-one attention in smaller classroom settings to master critical subject areas that they may struggle with. This strategy creates a more efficient Summer School program that builds on the district’s 2012 academic blueprint to provide data-based Individualized Learning Plans for all students, and to give students the necessary skills they need to become proficient in all subject areas.”  

This year’s Summer School Academy will strategically target an estimated 18,000 students who have demonstrated the most need and will be mandatory for students in grades 3-8 who are not performing at grade level. 

Program Details

PreK-8: The six-week program will provide a continuation of learning opportunities focused on literacy and mathematics for struggling PreK-8 students. All students will have Individualized Learning Plans based on testing assessments specific to each grade level.

PreK: At prekindergarten sites, a Transitioning Pre-Kindergarten Program will target students who are transitioning into kindergarten with learning opportunities that combine academic rigor and extracurricular activities designed to develop the whole child.

9-12: A Credit Recovery Program for grades 9-12 will allow high school students an opportunity to retake classes they did not pass to remain on track for graduation and post-secondary options. This program is FREE to eligible students. High School students who received a “D” passing grade will also be allowed to make up core academic courses, or retake physical education or personal health management courses for a fee of $250. Student athletes who earned a “D” in a course that may make them ineligible for athletics may also retake the course for $250.

Title I funding will cover the cost of K-2 Summer Academy programs.  Funding for prekindergarten and 3-8 grade level students who are low-performing, as well as high school students who received a failing grade and must retake a course will be provided by the district.

All students who qualify for the 2012 Summer School Academy will receive a letter mailed home to parents beginning this week. High school students who would like to retake a course must complete a request form and provide payment by June 15, 2012. Core subject areas for high school students include Math, Science, English, History and select electives based on each school listing.

Special Summer Programs

Migrant Program: Offered to K-12 students who have moved to the district within the previous 36 months. Migrant students will be eligible to participate in reading, mathematics, science and social studies courses in small class-size settings.

High-Needs Bilingual Program: Bilingual students will be able to participate in content area instruction with an emphasis on literacy development. Students 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 the country or have not been tested on state assessments.

Special Education Program: Special education students who take the MEAP test and do not meet performance requirements are also eligible to participate in the Summer Academy. Each student’s summer learning experience will be based on individual learning needs through appropriate grade-level materials selected by the Division of Special Education. The Special Education Extended School Year Program will also take place during summer school hours.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Program: A focus on academic enrichment opportunities will be offered to K-8 students to enhance academic standards in all subject areas. Program activities are related to youth development, drug and violence prevention, technology, art, music, recreation, counseling and character education.

Driver’s EducationThe four-week program will be held from June 25-July 23 six days per week (Monday-Saturday) and will be offered at six locations including Cody, Henry Ford, King, Osborn, Renaissance and Western high schools. Cost: $280.

Dr. Burt R. Shurly Summer Camp: This free Summer Camp program is offered through Title I funding for students ages 7-12 offering a six-day overnight experience with emphasis placed on language arts, mathematics and natural sciences.

The Summer Academy also requires a professional development component for all teachers.

For information on attendance, transportation, food services, and a full location listing of all 2012 Summer Academy sites, visit

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