Getting Ready for Summer School

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Published On: March 19th, 2021

An expanded summer school program is taking place from July 6 – August 5. Summer school hubs will be located at Clara Byrd Baker, J. Blaine Blayton elementary schools, James Blair and Hornsby middle schools, and Warhill High School.

WJCC has redesigned summer school this year to Reengage, Reconnect, and Reimagine how our students have meaningful learning experiences to address learning loss and prepare for a successful transition to the 21-22 school year.  Plans are underway to expand summer learning experiences to more school hubs this year so we can serve more students.  Summer school dates are July 6 through August 5 and student hours will vary by level.  School staff will consider students’ attendance, engagement in instruction, academic achievement, and social emotional needs as they invite students to participate in summer school this year.  These summer school offerings are in addition to the Extended School Year and ESL Language summer program.

What will summer school look like this year?

  • Elementary and middle school staff will deliver targeted, skills-based instruction with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy skills. Instruction will be provided primarily through small group instruction responsive to students’ individual needs to address learning loss.
  • High school students will have the opportunity to enroll in courses for recovery or acceleration. This year, high school recovery courses will be supplemented by teacher-led, small group skill instruction to address students’ individual needs.
  • Students at every level will take part in learning to support their emotional well-being. Summer school staff will include school counselors at each site and create daily schedules that intentionally have time for social-emotional instruction to strengthen students’ self-regulation and school readiness skills.
  • Students can take part in rigorous learning experiences through enrichment opportunities. Topics specifically support students’ readiness to engage in learning and connect them with real-world experiences. In addition, students will build critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship skills.

How will summer school be different from previous years?

Summer Learning 2021 Past Summer Programs
Six summer school sites Three summer school sites
Programming will support 1,115 students across the three levels Programs served 825 students in 2019
Student selection informed by multiple criteria Student selection guided by academic achievement
Variety of instructional formats including tutoring On-site instruction
Rigorous, skill-based instruction Project-based learning experiences
Small group instruction for specific academic skills for elementary, middle, and high school students Small group instruction for elementary and middle school students
Social emotional skills instruction Opportunities to collaborate
Transportation will be available for elementary, middle, and high school students Transportation provided for elementary and middle school students

Teachers and administrators will provide families with additional summer learning information for students and families in April.

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