For the Summer of 2018, the English Learner Summer Program is open to rising 6th to 8th grade ELs who have lived in the U.S. for less than three years. This federally-funded camp is four weeks long and meets on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Students receive breakfast and lunch.
Participants start their mornings with English and Math classes taught by District teachers. The focus is on building English language and academic skills and boosting students’ confidence. Afternoon programs are run by community-based organization partners who offer creative enrichment programs like drama, music and art.
The Summer Program for immigrants has grown steadily since the District first offered it in the Summer of 2015 to 75 students. For the 2016 and 2017 summer programs, 200 students applied prompting the District to establish a second summer site. Past partners have included Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Pennsylvania, Indochinese American Council (IAC), and Taller Puertorriqueño. Every year the program has students representing around 36 languages and 23 countries.