DPS Summer School Academy kicks off next week with dozens of free opportunities

Experiences include expanded UAW/Ford Camp, an enhanced Camp Burt Shurly program, a youth academic/athletic mentoring program for middle school boys at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, engineering programs, Pre-K transition and more!

Detroit Public Schools kicks off dozens of free Summer Academy opportunities next week, including an expanded UAW/Ford Camp for students at four locations, engineering experiences, courses 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.

The expanded 5-week UAW/Ford Summer Camp, now in its second year, will be offered June 16-July 17. Begun as a pilot last year, the Camp seeks to provide academic enrichment, life skills, and physical activity for more than 1,000 Detroit -area youth (Kindergarten-12th grade) during the summer months of 2015.

The experiences will encourage students to lead health-giving lifestyles by teaching them about topics like diabetes prevention, asthma, blood pressure, nutrition, and healthy meal preparation. They will also be kept physically active through exercises like volleyball, soccer, basketball, Zumba, dance and swimming, with a particular emphasis on how to be safe while in the pool. Through frequent interaction with business professionals and subject matter specialists, they will be introduced to numerous enrichment topics including chess, cooking, dining etiquette, career options, self-presentation, conflict resolution, and how to combat bullying.

For the summer of 2015, four DPS schools have been selected as camp sites for the pilot: Marcus Garvey Middle School, David Mackenzie Middle School, East English Village Preparatory Academy, and Communication and Media Arts High School (CMA).

The capacity at each school is 250. Parents interested in having their students participate should contact the participating schools for more details. There is a $10/student registration fee. Registration fees will be waived if students complete the optional entry activity, such as a one-page essay or colorful poster.

See full guide: Summer School Information 2015

More DPS Summer School Academy Offerings:

Title I Summer Academy

A total of 36 schools will host mandatory and Title I allocated summer school instruction for students in grades K-8 who performed below testing levels with programs focused on literacy, mathematics, science and social studies.

Detroit Children’s Museum:

Three Camp Invention offerings will be offered at the Detroit Children’s Museum.  The free camps focus on invention and learning to create, problem-solve, and work in collaborative teams.  Funding is provided through Title I, Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan, and the DPS Foundation. 50 slots are available for each week.  Children will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis. Register by calling (313) 873-8100 or by emailing charles.merrell@detroitk12.org. The camps will be held: Week 1- July 6-10:  Ages 6 and 7 will attend the camp; Week 2- July 13-17: Ages 8 and 9 will attend the camp; Week 3- July 20-24: Ages 10 through 12 will attend the camp. Hours will be 9:00 am to 3:30 pm., Monday through Friday.

Camp Burt Shurly: Camp Burt Shurly, owned and operated by DPS for more than 50 years, will provide an 8-week licensed residential summer camp for DPS Title I eligible students between the ages of 8-12, school groups, marching bands, athletic teams, mentor programs and weekend private groups. Amenities include lake frontage and beach, forests and walking trails, a camp fire area, fishing pond, 8 cabins, and a main lodge. As many as 150 campers attend the camp each week during the summer season. This summer, Camp Burt Shurly will offer three weeks of camping experiences dedicated to students enrolled in the District’s Extended School Year (ESY) program.  Selected 3rd and 4th graders will participate in a 2.5 day educational camp experience as part of their Extended School Year program in order to increase engagement and provide an alternative learning setting. The remaining five weeks of camp will be open to the entire District, including ESY students who would like to return for additional weeks of camp. Each of the five weeks will include an intentional focus on a science concept, such as natural resources and ecosystems. Every week also will include an Astronomy night in a setting where students will be able to see the stars more clearly than in the city setting where light pollution usually impacts access. The camp experience includes transportation, adventure/challenge activities, lodging and meals. Additional new features added this summer under Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, which has operated a successful summer camp serving urban youth for more than 40 years at Wildwood Ranch in Livingston County, include a climbing wall, low ropes courses, and Ga-Ga Pits.  Bus pickups are available at various locations throughout the city. Applications are available at all K-8 DPS Schools. 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 in grades 9-12 to make up core academic courses in which they earned an “F” grade. Students will be allowed to retake core academic courses in which they earned a “D.” The cost to attend is $250 per course. Students can apply at their local school. Out-of-District students can call 313-873-7966.

Special Education – 200 Day Program: Special Education programs will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. July 6 – August 10 at the District’s five center-based schools including: Drew, Keidan, J.L. White, Moses Field and Turning Point.

High-Needs Bilingual Program: Bilingual students in grades K-12 will be able to participate in content area instruction with an emphasis on language acquisition, reading, writing, listening and speaking. This program will be held at 11 schools.

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 20-August 7 at Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School. The three-week camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and currently has open registration. Parents can contact their local school for details.

Driver’s Education: The Driver’s Education Program will be offered to any Detroit student June 15-July 24, 2014. This year’s Driver’s Education course 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.

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 2015-2016 school year.

Extended Year: A mandatory, all-day program based on the school’s normal hours will begin on June 15 and will extend through July 9 at 32 schools. These 32 schools were placed on the state’s priority list and will provide a curriculum based on the Common Core Standards.

21st Century Community Learning Centers: A focus on STEM and STEAM-based academic enrichment and youth development activities will be offered to students in grades 1-8 June 15 to July 23 at 20 participating schools.

University of Michigan Youth Impact Program: Middle School-aged young men will be offered a free two-week academic and athletic mentoring program at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.  The Camp will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 6 to July 18.

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