From reading instruction to robotics, LCPS is offering a full slate of opportunities this summer to keep the learning skills of the district’s students sharp.
Online registration for two of the largest summer programs – Teach for America Summer School and STEM Summer Camps – opened Wednesday. Three other academic programs offered by LCPS – Short Summer School, Read to Achieve and English Language Learners Camp – are open to students by invitation.
In all, the summer programs are expected to involve more than a thousand students.
STEM Summer Camps are open to elementary and middle school students. Teach for America Summer School is exclusively for elementary students, those currently in grades kindergarten through five. Each program serves about 300 students.
TFA Summer School begins June 27 and runs through July 26, with classes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School. Instruction focuses on math, reading and writing. The 4 1/2-week session serves a dual purpose – as a concentrated academic program that helps students avoid summer learning loss and as an opportunity for Teach for America corps members to get classroom experience under the guidance of master teachers.
TFA Summer School provides students with all materials, with breakfast and lunch and with bus transportation. There is no cost to attend.
STEM Summer Camps, also held at Contentnea-Savannah K-8, is actually a collection of 10 different weeklong camps built around STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, creativity and hands-on learning. Students register for each camp session individually.
Sessions are scheduled for morning and afternoon Monday through Thursday. The first sessions begin June 27. Cost for most sessions is $30 for the week.
Transportation from Contentnea-Savannah is provided after the camp day ends, about 4 p.m.
“The programs are designed with some overlap, so that students attending Teach for America Summer School or Read to Achieve in the morning also have the opportunity to enroll in a STEM camp in the afternoon,” Dr. Deb Winings, the district’s director of elementary education, said. “There are also STEM opportunities in the morning for both elementary and middle school students who are not a part of our other summer programming.”
Holding both the STEM and summer school programs at the same school makes dual enrollment possible, but other factors make it desirable, Winings said. “When you consider the convenience, the low cost, the amenities and the learning opportunities, the combination of TFA Summer School and STEM Camps create the potential for a very productive and entertaining summer for our students.”
More information about STEM Summer Camps and Teacher for America Summer School can be found online at http://stemcamps.lcpsnc.org. Parents can also register their students for either or both programs online there. Deadline for registration is June 8.
Slots for the Short Summer School, Read to Achieve and English Language Learners Camp are filled by students invited by their principals, working in conjunction with teachers and parents.
Short Summer School will be held June 13-19 at all schools. Read to Achieve, expected to enroll about 400 students, will be held July 9 to Aug. 2 at Moss Hill and Northeast elementary schools. English Language Learners Camp, expected to enroll about 125 students, runs from July 9 to Aug. 2 at Pink Hill Elementary School.