Philadelphia to provide $15 million for Summer school programs for all students, the city is also extending summer programming
Students from grades first to 12th grade are able to attend the programs.
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While many children in Philly were left with little-to-no resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philadelphia Board of Education is looking to change that perspective this summer.
It was announced on Thursday, April 7, by Superintendent Dr. William Hite, that the government will provide a financial boost of $15 million for afterschool programs.
The district will receive the money from the federal government and will also use the money to extend summer programs, which will be similar to the extended summer programs that were available last year.
Summer programming begins on June 27 and runs through August 5.
Students from first through 12th grade will be welcomed at 31 schools across the city. The Board is hoping to serve at least 9,500 students.
The summer program will have a different way of teaching children. Instead of regular class lectures, the board’s website says advisers will teach in project-based learning with extra-curricular programming.
The Board is hoping that students will take advantage of the summer learning programs, even if they are getting good grades in school.
Superintendent Hite said the Board is also thinking about children’s emotional well-being as much as their education.
“Providing high-quality summer learning programs that mix academic and enrichment activities play a huge role in engaging students with academic standards and can have positive effects on student achievement,” said Hite. “While these opportunities help students achieve learning gains, they go beyond just providing academic support. The District’s summer learning program provides a safe place for students to explore their passions and talents, while also supporting students’ social and emotional learning.”
Malika Savoy-Brooks, Ed.D., the chief of academic support at the School District of Philadelphia, believes that this program will offer children the opportunity to learn different skills and find their passion.
“Now, more than ever, our students are seeking educational opportunities to experiment with their passions, build essential college and career readiness skills, connect with their peers and engage in hands-on learning,” said Savoy-Brooks.
Some program options include: StartUP EDU, which is for students entering grades 9 through 12 who have goals of running their own business. They will learn skills such as creating presentations, public speaking, and budgeting workshops.
Another initiative is the Newcomer Summer Program for students whose second language is English.
The district is also looking for teachers who are willing to instruct these workshops.
Instructors will receive a bonus if their attendance is at least 90 percent.
For more information, visit the school board’s website.