One way to make summer school less tedious, boring and not appear as if it is a punishment is to rename it. Kansas City Public Schools calls it the “Summer Experience,” and enrollment is open through May 1.
It provides young people with an opportunity to retain what they’ve learned during the 2014-2015 school year and be better prepared for classes that start in the fall. The district, with about 16,000 students, had its largest summer program last year, enrolling about 7,000 kids.
A news release said more locations, programs, staff and community partners will be involved this year. Students who’ve been in the summer programs have “consistently outperformed their nonparticipating classmates,” the district said in a prepared statement. Superintendent Steve Green said it’s a way to help close the achievement gap for students of color.
It also should help boost the overall scholastic achievement of students — 70 percent last year scored below proficiency in core academic areas.
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Kansas City Public Schools will partner with 7 Strategic, AileyCamp, Boys & Girls Clubs, Freedom Schools, LINC, Upper Room, the YMCA and W.E.B. Du Bois Learning Center to educate students at 45 different locations in Kansas City. Instruction will include college prep, technology, art, performance, science, social action and literature.
Enrollment is free, and breakfasts and lunches will be provided at no charge. For more information go to www.kcpublicschools.org/Summer.