School District of Philadelphia Prepares for Summer Academic Programming

Posted on May 27, 2020
Categories: Press Releases

The School District of Philadelphia has opened registration for summer academic programming to offer support for students who may need additional academic reinforcement during the summer months. Led by the Office of Academic Supports and the Chief Schools Office, the summer programming will allow for students to engage in learning and to have an opportunity to build on the skills developed during the academic year even as school buildings are closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programming, which will start on June 29th, includes subject matter for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and addresses a wide-range of topics, including English language arts and math, English Language Learning, extended school year for special education students, Career and Technical Education, and credit recovery to help students who may not have successfully completed courses during the 2019-20 school year. Malika Savoy-Brooks, Ed.D., the District’s chief academic support officer, said that, although offered in a digital setting, the programming will be comprehensive and offer students the support that is needed during this unprecedented time.

“Our programming has been redesigned to prevent learning loss, ensure continued academic enrichment for eligible students, and promote successful transition in the critical years from middle school to high school,” said Dr. Brooke. “Our primary focus is to provide an environment where our students are ready to engage in successful learning opportunities when they return to school in the fall or if they’re preparing to go to college.”

Superintendent William R. Hite, Ed.D., agreed, and is hopeful that parents will take advantage of enrolling those children who may benefit from summer programming designed to facilitate college and career readiness and promote a successful transition from middle to high school.

“The prevention of learning loss during a typical summer is incredibly important, so this year, it’s more critical than ever,” Dr. Hite said of the District’s digital summer learning programming.  “These redesigned programs will help offer continued academic enrichment for eligible students and  provide a valuable opportunity to ensure students remain engaged over the summer months.”

Additional information on the Summer 2020 Academic Programming can be found here including contact information for each program, or by calling 215-400-5300.