New Summer School Academy to offer Pre-K Transitions Program, high school recovery credits expanded to students outside the district, weekly field trips, Extended Year Program, social studies and science curriculum to target low MEAP scores and more

Aligning with the district’s strategic plan, Detroit Public Schools today announced bold new goals for its 2013 Summer School Academy to be held June 17-July 26 with programs targeted to attract students from outside of the district in need of credit recovery courses and a pre-kindergarten transitions program to provide enrichment activities to students prior to entering kindergarten.

A K-8 program will be offered with a focus on social studies and science—areas where students received low-ranking MEAP scores—integrated with language arts and mathematics. This program will be mandatory for under-performing students in grades 4-8 at 37 schools. A total of 35 schools that are on the state’s priority list will provide Extended Year programs from June 17-July 12 based on each school’s normal business hours.

In addition to these strategic programs aimed at raising academic achievement among low-performing students, the Summer School Academy will also offer weekly educational/experiential learning field trips for PreK-8 students focused on science and social studies to institutions including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Rouge Factory, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Finance Park, and the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

“We must think of creative new methods to help our students succeed, both academically and socially,” said Karen Ridgeway, Superintendent of Academics for Detroit Public Schools. “In areas where we see students lacking, we have to get them on track to catch up with their peers and ensure they’re prepared for graduation and post-secondary options. And not only will we work harder and smarter to better educate the students that we have, we must grow the district and open our Summer Programs to prospective students as well.”

This is the first year that DPS has offered credit recovery courses and pre-kindergarten enrichment to students outside of the district. The district will also offer its Driver’s Education to out-of-district students. This new move supports the district’s strategy to provide more Pre-K programs and to find innovative methods of attracting new students.

This year’s Summer School Academy will target an estimated 14,000 students. The K-8 programs are paid for through Title I Funding and mandatory 4-8 programs are funded by the district.

All students who qualify for the 2013 Summer School Academy should have received a letter mailed home to parents beginning last week. The Academy also requires a professional development component for all teachers.

For more details, visit detroitk12.org/summer-academy-2013

Summer School Academy Program Details

The six-week summer school program will run from Monday, June 17 through Friday, July 26 from 8 a.m. a.m. – 1 p.m. daily for grades PreK-8 with free breakfast and lunch provided. Pre-K programs will follow the same schedule, but will be broken into multiple time frames with age-appropriate activities. High school programs will be administered from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. All current transportation routes will continue. The deadline to apply for non-mandatory Summer School programs is June 17. Students can apply at their local school. Out-of-district students can call 313-873-7922.

Pre-Kindergarten: Targeting students in need of enrichment prior to entering kindergarten; provided at 37 schools including Academy of the Americas, Ann Arbor Trail, Bagley, Bates (FLICS students can attend at Bates), Bennett, Bunche, Chrysler, Clark, Clippert, Cooke, Davison, Detroit International Academy, Detroit Lions, Dixon, Durfee, Earhart, Edison, Duke Ellington, Emerson, Garvey, Golightly, Harms, Hutchinson, Ludington, Mackenzie, Mark Twain, Mason, Maybury, Munger, Pasteur, Priest, Clemente, Robeson-Malcom X, Schulze, Spain and Vernor.

Grades 4-8, Mandatory: Targeting students who received partially proficient or non proficient MEAP scores; offered at 37 priority schools including Academy of the Americas, Ann Arbor Trail, Bagley, Bates Bates (FLICS students can attend at Bates), Bennett, Bunche, Chrysler, Clark, Clippert, Cooke, Davison, Detroit International Academy, Detroit Lions, Dixon, Durfee, Earhart, Edison, Ellington, Emerson, Fisher Upper, Garvey, Golightly, Harms, Hutchinson, Ludington, Mackenzie, Mark Twain, Mason, Maybury, Munger, Pasteur, Priest, Clemente, Robeson-Malcom X, Schulze, Spain and Vernor.

Grades K-8, Non-Mandatory (but strongly recommended): Offered at 30 schools including Ann Arbor Trail, Bagley, Bates (FLICS students can attend at Bates), Bennett, Bunche, Clark, Clippert, Cooke, Davison, Detroit International Academy, Dixon, Durfee, Earhart, Edison, Ellington, Emerson, Fisher Upper, Garvey, Golightly, Harms, Hutchinson, Ludington, Mackenzie and Mason.

Grades 9-12: A Summer Bridge Program will be offered at high schools for incoming ninth-graders. A Credit Recovery Program for grades 9-12 will allow high school students an opportunity to retake core academic courses they did not pass to remain on track for graduation and post-secondary options. This program is open to students within Detroit Public Schools and students outside of the district. 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. Core subject areas for high school students include Math, Science, English, History and select electives based on each school listing. High school students who would like to retake a course must complete a request form and provide payment by June 17, 2013. Students can apply at their local school. Out-of-district students can call 313-873-7922. Participating schools include Cass Tech, Communication and Media Arts, Davis Aerospace, Detroit International Academy, East English Village Prep, M.L. King, Northwestern, Renaissance, Westside Academy and Western International.

Extended Year: A mandatory, all-day program based on the school’s normal hours will take place from June 17-July 12 (four weeks) at 35 priority schools including A.L. Holmes, Beckham, Blackwell, Bow, Brewer, Ronald Brown, Burton, Carleton, Carstens, Carver, Dossin, Douglass,  Moses Field, Fisher Lower, Gardner, Gompers, Greenfield Union, Henderson, J.R. King, Mann, Marshall, Marquette, Neinas, Nichols, Noble, Northwestern, Oakman, Palmer Park, Pulaski, Sampson-Webber, Thirkell, Wayne, Wilkins, Wright, and Coleman Young. These 35 schools were placed on the state’s priority list and will provide a curriculum based on the Common Core Standards, MEAP data and Individualized Learning Plans.

Special Summer Programs

Driver’s Education: The four-week program will be held from June 24-July 20 six days per week (Monday-Saturday) and will be offered at five locations including Cody, M.L. King, Osborn, Renaissance and Western high schools. Cost: $280, covering Segments I & II. Students can apply at their local school. Out-of-district students can call 313-873-7922.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: A focus on academic enrichment and youth development activities will be offered to students in grades 1-8 to enhance academic standards in all subject areas. The program will be offered from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 20 schools including Beckham, Bow, Bunche, Carstens, Durfee, Earhart, Emerson, Fisher Upper, Garvey, Gompers, Harms, Mackenzie, Mark Twain, Marshall, Mason, Oakman, Priest, Pulaski, Sampson-Webber, and Coleman Young.

Summer Camp Migrant Program: Offered to K-12 migrant students. A student is identified as a migrant student if his/her family moved to the district within the previous 36 months to obtain temporary or seasonal work. Migrant students are eligible to participate in reading, mathematics, science and social studies courses in small class-size settings. Parents must sign a certificate of eligibility.

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. Bilingual High-Needs Schools include: Academy of the Americas, Bennett, Clippert, Davison, Earhart, Maybury, Munger, Priest, Clemente and Western International.

Special Education/ASD Summer Program: An all-day program based on each school’s normal hours will be provided from July 8-August 12 at centered-based schools including: Drew, Keidan, J.L. White, and Moses Field. Turning Point will offer its summer program from June 17 – July 26.

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