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Keeping our Students Sharp over the Summer

May 19, 2016

For the third consecutive summer we will once again run our Summer School program to benefit our students and families. The aim of the program is to maintain and extend student learning, with the hopes of eliminating any “backsliding” of knowledge and skills traditionally seen when children aren’t engaged during the summer break.  

The Summer School lasts five weeks and consists of full-day sessions Monday through Friday taught by school faculty. Mornings are spent to core academic subjects using the school’s established and successful blended learning curriculum.

Afternoon sessions will focus on enrichment activities including STEM projects, field trips to local museums like the Exploratorium, art, music, dance, and gardening.

Summer Scholars is also designed to meet the needs of our families.  Priced at what amounts to less than $2 an hour, the program offers tremendous value. The program also offers early morning drop off and after-school care to accommodate parents’ work schedules.

Results from the program’s first two summers have been very positive. Analysis of standardized test scores shows that students who didn’t participate in the program in 2014, but did in 2015, saw their summer learning loss in Reading significantly reduced; in Math, it was completely eliminated from the summer program,” said Principal Storz. “We’ve had wonderful feedback from families and students, and look forward to making it even more robust in years to come.”

Eligibility: The program is open to incoming students in 1st to 5th Grade in mixed grade classes

Dates: June 27th to July 29th.

Location: Due to construction at the school this summer, our summer school will be held at Children’s Day School, located just around the corner at 333 Dolores Street.

Introducing Vivy Chao - Summer School Program Director

We are pleased to introduce Vivy Chao, Ed.D. as Mission Dolores Academy’s new Summer Program Director.  Vivy has been in education for over a decade and currently works during the regular school year as a teacher and curriculum developer for Summit Public Schools, a leading charter school organization. 

Vivy is excited to work with our students and help maintain the progress our students make during the school year. “My focus this summer will be working on students’ emotional balance and well-being as well as their academic progress.”

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