Atlanta district to hold summer school in June

Cascade Elementary School kindergarten teacher Shiron Jelks participates in a sing along lesson with her students during the 2021 Atlanta Public Schools' Summer Academic Recovery Academy. This year's summer learning program begins June 1. (Alyssa Pointer / AJC FILE PHOTO)

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Cascade Elementary School kindergarten teacher Shiron Jelks participates in a sing along lesson with her students during the 2021 Atlanta Public Schools' Summer Academic Recovery Academy. This year's summer learning program begins June 1. (Alyssa Pointer / AJC FILE PHOTO)

Credit: Alyssa Pointer/Alyssa.Pointer@ajc.com

More than 11,000 Atlanta elementary and middle school students could enroll in the district’s summer learning program.

Atlanta Public Schools’ officials provided details of the Summer Academic Recovery Academy during Monday’s board meeting.

The session, which will run June 1-30 at 39 sites, is aimed at helping students catch up after falling behind during two years of academic disruption.

“We are committed to continue providing a robust summer learning experience for all students that addresses both unfinished learning and learning loss experienced by our students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Katika Lovett, assistant superintendent of student services.

This year marks the second of a three-year APS push to enhance and grow summer programs in response to the pandemic. Nearly 9,500 students participated in the academy last year.

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Though all students who attend a traditional, non-charter school can sign up, APS will “strongly encourage” students who have struggled academically to attend this year.

That includes an estimated 7,412 elementary students and 3,811 middle school students who will have access to a full-day program.

Elementary and middle school students will focus on literacy and math in the morning followed by Power Up programming in the afternoon. The Power Up program includes hands-on enrichment activities centered around art, science, technology and other subjects.

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School counselors will audit student transcripts to determine which high schoolers should participate in summer learning. The half-day high school academic schedule will give teens the chance to make up credits they need to graduate while still working a summer job in the afternoon, said Cheryl Parker, interim director of afterschool and summer programs.

Superintendent Lisa Herring said the summer program is part of “a strategic effort to see vast academic improvement” while also creating an experience that’s both joyful and meaningful for students.

Registration for the summer academy will close on April 10.