Summer School Academy kicks off June 23 with NEW UAW/Ford Camp, SEEK-Summer Engineering Experience for Kids, Camp Burt Shurly, 5-week Driver’s Education Program and more!

An exciting line-up of summer school programs will begin on Monday, June 23 for DPS students including a new UAW/Ford Camp for students at Cody, Marcus Garvey and Mackenzie, and a five-week Driver’s Education program for students inside and outside of the district.

The Driver’s Education Program will be offered to any Detroit student June 23-July 21, 2014. This year’s Driver’s Education course covers Segments I & II, and will meet from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. six days per week – Monday through Saturday – at the following locations:

  • Cass Technical High School
  • Cody High School Campus
  • M.L. King High School
  • Osborn High School Campus
  • Renaissance High School
  • Western International Academy

Students are encouraged to register immediately. The cost to attend is $280 per person. To register, contact the school directly or students can obtain information at their local school. Out-of-district students should call (313) 873-3352.

The new UAW/Ford Summer Camp will be offered June 23-July 23. The initiative was announced on Wednesday, June 18 as former Detroit Mayor and NBA legend Dave Bing launched the Bing Youth Institute (BYI), a coalition of organizations whose mission is to enhance the lives of Detroit-area youth through mentoring, charitable giving, academic support, and recreational opportunities. Bing has teamed up with Detroit Public Schools, UAW-Ford, Crime Stoppers of Michigan, former professional athletes, and members of the business community to support urban youth.

The UAW-Ford/DPS Summer Camp will begin as a pilot project to provide an inspirational camp experience for more than 1,000 DPS students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The UAW-Ford/DPS Summer Camp will offer academic enrichment, life skills training, and recreational activities.

The UAW-Ford Summer Camp will be offered on the following dates:

  • June 23-July 23: 12th Graders – Cody
  • July 7-15: 11th Graders – Cody
  • July 21-25: All Cody Athletes
  • June 23-July 25: A Healthy Kids Program will be offered at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School & Marcus Garvey Academy for all K-8 students.

*The capacity at each school is 250. Parents interested in having their students participate should contact the participating schools for more details.

All programs offered through the 2014 Summer School Academy will be held from June 23-July 25, unless otherwise noted, with courses targeted to attract students from outside of the district in need of credit recovery courses and a Pre-Kindergarten Transitions Program at 44 schools to provide enrichment activities to students prior to entering kindergarten.

A total of 36 schools will host mandatory and Title I allocated summer school instruction for students who performed below testing levels with programs focused on literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.

More Summer School Academy Offerings

Detroit SEEK Camp: The SEEK (Summer Engineering Experience for Kids) Camp will be offered again this year free of charge to students in grades 3-5 from July 21-August 8 at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School. The three-week camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mondaythrough Friday and currently has open registration. Parents can contact their local school for details.

Camp Burt Shurly: Camp Burt Shurly will be offered again this year for students ages 7-12. Students attend one-week sessions each beginning June 22 – August 15. Camp curriculum will include: Math, Science, Reading, Arts and Crafts, Archery, Boating, Swimming, Fishing, Cookouts, Basketball and other outdoor activities. Bus pickups are available at various locations throughout the city. Applications are available at all K-8 DPS Schools, Parent Resource Centers and the Office of Health and Physical Education – 9th Floor Fisher Building. Camp Burt Shurly is located at: 15100 Goodband Road, Gregory, MI 48137 (five miles from downtown Chelsea MI).

Credit Recovery: A Credit Recovery program will be offered at the high school level for students to make up core academic courses in which they earned an “F” grade. The cost to attend is $250 per course. Students can apply at their local school. Out-of-district students can call (313) 873-7922.

Summer Bridge Program: A free Summer Bridge Program will be offered at high schools across the district for incoming ninth-graders. Each program varies by school, and most will be held for 5-7 hours daily between 2-5 weeks. The Summer Bridge Program is an academic enrichment orientation for incoming ninth graders. The program highlights academic opportunities in English, Math, Science & Social Studies. Students interested in attending a Summer Bridge Program should contact their assigned high school for the 2014-2015 school year.

Extended Year: A mandatory, all-day program based on the school’s normal hours began Wednesday, June 18, and will extend through July 9 at 35 schools. 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.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: A focus on academic enrichment and youth development activities will be offered to students in grades 1-8 during two summer sessions. Session I began June 9 and will extend through today, June 19 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Session II will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. June 23-July 24, Monday through Thursday at 35 participating schools.

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 – 200 Day Program: Special Education programs will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. July 7 – August 11 at the district’s five center-based schools including: Drew, Keidan, J.L. White, Moses Field and Turning Point.

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