OMCP will be running the 2019 English Learner Summer Programs at Henry C. Lea Elementary and Gilbert Spruance Elementary for recently arrived English Learners (ELs) in grades 5 to 7 (rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders) from July 1, 2019 to July 26, 2019 (no programming on July 4, 5). This summer program offers a morning academic component focusing on English and Math taught by SDP teachers, and offers afternoon arts/enrichment activities led by Community-Based Organizations (CBOs). 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.

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be an English Learner from either a public or non-public school in Philadelphia
  • Less than 3 years in US schools and born outside U.S. Mainland
  • Currently in 5th, 6th or 7th grade

Note that acceptance is not automatic due to limited space in the program. Priority will be given to students at lower English language proficiency levels, proximity to program site, and recent arrivals.

Applications are due Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to OMCP.

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. In the past few years, there have been 200 students. 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.