Friday, April 17, 2015

Prevent “Summer Slide”

Did you know that all young people experience learning losses when they do not engage in educational activities during the summer? Students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer. This is called “Summer Slide,” and it is not the fun, water one we usually think of with summer.

While summer is still a couple months away, it’s important to start planning for the summer now to ensure students use that time productively and are engaged in thoughtful activities. We encourage students to participate in activities that will help them reach their personal and academic goals. For some, that may be more math, writing, and reading practice so that they can improve their grades or ACT scores. For others, it may be engaging in a passion project or developing new leadership skills. Or, it can be a combination of all of the above.

To help with “Summer Slide,” here are a few things you can do:
  1. Summer of Summit New Student Program. All incoming students at Summit schools are invited to a 2-week New Student Program during the summer where they'll meet teachers and other students and start getting a feel for the our amazing Summit student experience. There will be lots of fun community-building activities and projects where students will be able to unlock their creativity and focus on personal growth. It’s a free program, including lunch. New students will be able to sign up during the registration process. 
  2. Parents and students can jointly choose a book to read, and hold their own book club 
  3. Find a summer internship, job, or volunteer service 
National Summer Learning Association

Summer Learning Loss Study: Can Summer Slide be Prevented?

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