June is in full swing, the heat has replaced cloudy days in Colorado and summer is finally here. And along with summer comes summer school for many students across the state.
This past school year was one like no other as many students across the country were forced to carry out their lessons virtually. In-person lessons threw other challenges at students as well due to COVID-19 forcing some schools to shutdown for weeks at a time. And according to a recent study, the pandemic caused students problems with learning.
More than half of public school K-12 teachers in the United States said the pandemic caused a significant learning loss for students — both academically and in developing social emotional skills — according to a study from the financial services company Horace Mann Educators Corporation.
While students faced a difficult and challenging school year, many school districts throughout the state are offering summer learning programs to help them prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. Here is a look at what some school districts and communities are offering students this summer.
Tutors for Change
In response to the pandemic, nonprofit Tutors For Change was created last summer. In 2020, the organization offered tutoring for students in the Colorado Springs area for $0.99 cents an hour. This year, Tutors For Change is providing free online courses like college prep, coding, arts and science courses.
Classes started this past Monday, and anyone who is interested in participating in Tutors For Change’s programs can learn more at tutorsforchange.org/summer.
School District 51 kicks off Summer Extension
School District 51 in Mesa County is hosting its summer school program until June 29. The program, titled Summer Extension, is offering courses to every grade and almost every school in the district is hosting students.
More than 2,500 students are participating in the program. Before the pandemic, School District 51 hosted between 500 and 1,000 students for its summer school program.
Weld RE-4 School District welcomes students
Starting June 15, around 250 Weld RE-4 School District students will participate in an invitation-only summer school program.
Elementary and middle school students in the district will primarily focus on reading and math while high schoolers will work on recovering past credits. The school district covers students who live in west Greeley, Windsor and Severance.
The program will cost the school district nearly $70,000, and funds for it are coming from Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief funds which were provided to all public school districts due to the pandemic.
Denver Public Schools Summer Academy
Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) Summer Academy kicked off on June 8 and runs until July 2.
The program is designed for students whose reading assessment scores show they could benefit from extra help, according to the DPS Summer Academy’s website.
Eligible students received invitation letters and are provided with lessons for free. Host schools are selected each year, and transportation is provided for students who live more than one mile from a Summer Academy location.