Virtual Summer Learning Academy


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, District 401 is offering a Virtual Summer Learning Academy for 2020 instead of the previously scheduled in-person classes.

Here is a summary of the major changes:

  • Summer Learning Academy is now free for D401 students. 
  • Families will apply for all classes and be entered into a lottery for registration.
  • Applications for non-APEX classes are open from May 1 to May 10.
  • Families of non-APEX students will be notified of registration status on May 15.
  • Scholastic Academy is now open to ALL current K-5 students who wish to apply. 
  • Kindergarten Countdown Camp is no longer an available class.
  • Interest-based courses have been updated and can be found on pages 3-4 of the Virtual Summer Learning Academy flyer. These are still available for K-8 students.
  • APEX classes are open to grades 6-12, and application is from May 1 to May 21.

Additional information about the changes can be found in the subsections below titled Cost, Courses, Lottery, Apply, Student Expectations and Course Options.


Cost


As noted above, the cost of all 2020 Summer Learning Academy classes has been waived.

If you previously registered a student for Summer Learning Academy, the assigned fees have been removed from your student's account. If you previously paid a fee for Summer Learning Academy, your payment will be refunded within the next several weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns about your refund, please contact Ms. Kim Kaminski at kaminskik@epcusd401.org.


Courses


In replacement of in-person instruction, we will be offering free virtual courses for students.

Available courses are outlined in our Virtual Summer Learning Academy flyer, and all students are invited to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Even if your student was previously registered for a Summer Learning Academy course, you will still need to fill out an application for the online course.


Lottery


If the number of student applications for a course exceeds the number of spots available, a lottery drawing will be held to determine class rosters.

Students may apply to participate in only one Summer Learning Academy course. All duplicate entries of the same student will be deleted before the lottery drawing.


Apply


Applications for Summer Learning Academy non-APEX courses will be accepted from May 1 to May 10. Parents will be notified of student registration on May 15.

Applications for APEX courses will be accepted from May 1 to May 21.

For APEX students in grades 6-8, priority will be given to students who require coursework for skill deficiency or courses failed. For APEX students in grades 9-12, priority will be given to students who require coursework for graduation or credit recovery.

You can find all application URLs on the Virtual Summer Learning Academy flyer


Student Expectations


Students use District-provided Chromebooks to attend virtual classes and complete activities on a daily basis. Information about Chromebook pick-up and drop-off will be provided after registration is finalized.

No more than three days of unexcused/ incomplete work will be permitted. Excessive absences may result in the student being removed from the course.


Course Options


K-12 ACADEMIC COURSES
Looking to refine your skills as a scholar? Academic courses strengthen understanding of current grade-level content. Current students in grades K-12 can apply to enroll for specific courses.
Details are available below at K-12 Academic Courses and on page 2 of the flyer. 

K-8 INTEREST-BASED COURSES
Looking for an enriching learning experience? These courses provide thematically aligned learning activities for students currently in grades K-8.
Details are available below at K-8 Interest-Based Courses and on pages 3-4 of the flyer.

6-12 APEX COURSES
Looking for ways to accelerate your learning or for additional support in subjects that you struggle with? APEX courses meet each student's unique needs. These courses are available for students currently in grades 6-12.
Details are available below at 6-12 APEX Courses and on pages 5-6 of the flyer.


For More Information


Contact Ms. Morgan Freeck with Summer Learning Academy-related questions or concerns at freeckm@epcusd401.org.

Contact Ms. Kyleen Coia with APEX-related questions at coiak@epcusd401.org.

Please note that classes are subject to change based on teacher availability and student interest.


Academy Flyer & Letter to Parents


For downloadable PDF copies of the six-page Virtual Summer Learning Academy flyer and the one-page letter to parents from Principal Freeck, please click the images below.
 

Summer Learning Academy Flyer

CLICK IMAGE FOR SIX-PAGE FLYER

Letter to Parents

CLICK IMAGE FOR LETTER TO PARENTS

 


K-12 Academic Courses


Summer Learning Academy offers three types of academic courses:

  • Scholastic Academy
  • EL Newcomer Camp
  • Extended School Year (ESY)

Click the rows below for more information about each type.
 

► OVERVIEW: The goal of Scholastic Academy is to reteach, reinforce and reassess grade level skills so that students are prepared for next year's instruction. Scholastic Academy targets the priority standards and skills for students currently in grades K-5. Students enrolled in these 23-day courses will take an end-of-the-year assessment in both math and ELA. Results from these assessments will be used to design lessons that are differentiated based on student need.
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 2 to July 2
► PLATFORMS: Grades K-2 will use Seesaw, 3-5 will use Google Classroom
► APPLY: Open May 1 to May 10 using the links below. Apply for your student's CURRENT (2019-20) grade level:

OVERVIEW: Students in grades K-12 who identify as English learners and who are new to the United States are invited to participate in this 10-day course. Students will learn about our local Elmwood Park and Chicago communities through virtual activities, discussions and expeditions.
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 8 to June 19 
PLATFORMS: Grades K-8 will use Seesaw, 9-12 will use Google Classroom
APPLY: Open May 1 to May 10 using the following link:

OVERVIEW: Students in grades K-12 qualify for Extended School Year (ESY) services based on their identified IEP goals, as well as through the recommendation of the IEP team. Parents can register students for ESY using the form provided by the special education team. If you have questions, please direct them to your student's case manager.
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 2 to July 2

 


K-8 Interest-Based Courses


As part of the Summer Learning Academy, our Exploration Academy offers interest-based courses for students in grades K-8. These courses are organized into three groups based on the current grade levels of students:

  • Current Students in Grades K-2
  • Current Students in Grades 3-5
  • Current Students in Grades 6-8

Click the rows below for more information about each group.
 

CLASS: Stretch-a-Story Camp with Ms. Kanas
► SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 2 to July 2
► APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/2KQ5laR
► DESCRIPTION: Start each day with a read-aloud of an engaging children's book and then stretch out the fun with a menu of activities you can do at home! Each day students will have the opportunity to practice reading and math skills tied to our priority standards, get moving with gross motor and kinesthetic activities, explore their artistic side with open-ended art projects, and much more!

CLASS: Virtual Road Trip with Ms. Johnson
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 8 to June 19
APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/2xkDQmX
DESCRIPTION: "Travel sparks our imagination, feeds our curiosity, and reminds us how much we all have in common." — Deborah Lloyd
In this course, students will learn about our great country and all of its vast resources. We will begin at the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., and explore some of its beauty and wonder. We will head west and explore national parks, museums, various landmarks and odd tourist attractions. Be ready to use some of your math, science, reading and artistic skills to learn about the beautiful United States of America!


CLASS: Coding Boot Camp with Ms. Feiereisel
SCHEDULE: Mondays though Fridays, June 2 to July 2
APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/3aQ4Ok3
DESCRIPTION: Do you love gaming? If you do, this is the perfect class for you! Have you heard of coding? No, not color coding. I'm talking about coding, which is the process of using a programming language to get a computer to do what you want it to! Imagine being able to create your own game or being able to reprogram your video game. Every time you do something on an electronic device, you are using the code someone else has programmed. Don't you want to learn the language to control devices? Throughout this course, students will learn the basics of coding and coding languages like Python and JavaScript through fun interactive online lessons.

CLASS: Digital Poetry with Ms. Bartolomei
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 2 to July 2
APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/2yel3dp
DESCRIPTION: Are you a poet, but you don't know it? Poetry is a beautiful art, so come explore, learn and write different styles of poetry. Let your creativity out and have some fun with poetry!


CLASS: Limitless Mind Camp with Mrs. Fiorito
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 2 to July 2
APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/2WbExY8
DESCRIPTION: Math is limitless and found everywhere, not just in the classroom. Students will be able to communicate and collaborate with classmates virtually on various math topics. Students will be working on exciting and creative activities that they will be able to complete right from home or could have the option for them to venture outside. Lessons and activities will include videos, games, hands-on opportunities and connections to real-world experiences.


CLASS: Some STEM Fun! with Ms. Andrews
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 2 to July 2
APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/2Yhras4
DESCRIPTION: This class will utilize online learning to discuss, watch, learn and explore STEM activities. Students will research a topic and explore science phenomenon, then use easily found materials at home to create, test and record their projects. Lastly, students will read or listen to real-world situations to help bring the idea together!


CLASS: Art Around the World with Ms. Ward
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 8 to June 19
APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/2ySPs0L
DESCRIPTION: Art museums around the world have developed wonderful online tours and activities for kids. Let's explore a different museum each day and work on related art projects. The course will include video art instruction. Students will have studio time at home to complete projects, and they will share work during structured online group meetings.


CLASS: The Hero's Journey with Ms. Fuentes
SCHEDULE: Mondays through Fridays, June 2 to July 2
APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/2VPaE0P
DESCRIPTION: Join me on an amazing journey using elements of Greek mythology to understand the universal theme of the hero’s journey! A "hero's journey" is a recurring pattern many heroes undergo over the course of their stories, and it is recognizable in books, comics, movies and even video games! By studying this pattern, students will better understand plot structure, examine character development, determine theme and study the subtleties of foreshadowing, irony and other literary devices. Together, using applications like Padlet, Flipgrid, HyperDocs, Google Meet and Google Slides, we will have a blast! We will end by writing an original myth and sharing it in a digital gallery walk!

 


6-12 APEX Courses


Students in grades 6-12 have the opportunity to take APEX courses during the summer for credit recovery or credit advancement. These courses use Apex Learning, an online educational platform that allows students to work individually at their own pace.

Summer Learning Academy offers APEX classes grouped according grade level:

  • APEX Courses for Grades 6-8
  • APEX Courses for Grades 9-12

Click the rows below for more information about each group.
 

LOCATION: Online via the Apex Learning platform
► DATES: Mondays through Friday, June 2 to July 3
► COST: Free for all District 401 students
► APPLICATION PERIOD: May 1 to May 21
► APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/2KLzHva
STUDENT PRIORITY: Priority will be given to students who require coursework for skill deficiency or courses failed.
► REGISTRATION: After completion of registration form, enrollment will be based on the above prioritization. Guardians will be notified with student's registration status.


► STUDENT EXPECTATIONS:

  • Students use District-provided Chromebooks to attend virtual classes and complete activities on a daily basis.
  • No more than three days of unexcused or incomplete work will be permitted.
  • Excessive absences may result in the student being removed from the course.
  • Students may only be enrolled in one APEX course at a time.
  • Once a course is completed, the student is no longer required to attend.
  • Additional enrollment into another APEX course will be determined based upon need and spaces available.

► COURSES AVAILABLE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

  • ENGLISH
    — English 6
    — English 7
    — English 8
     
  • MATH
    — Math 6 
    — Math 7 
    — Math 8
     
  • SCIENCE
    — Science 6
    — Science 7
    — Science 8
     
  • SOCIAL STUDIES
    — Middle School Civics
    — Middle School World History
    — Middle School U.S. History

► ADDITIONAL ELECTIVE COURSES AVAILABLE:

  • Health
  • Middle School Life Science
  • Middle School Physical Science
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

LOCATION: Online via the Apex Learning platform
► DATES: Mondays through Friday, June 2 to July 3
► COST: Free for all District 401 students
APPLICATION PERIOD: May 1 to May 21
► APPLICATION LINK: bit.ly/35dsmhB
STUDENT PRIORITY: Priority will be given to students who require coursework for graduation or credit recovery.
► REGISTRATION: After completion of registration form, enrollment will be based on the above prioritization. Guardians will be notified with student's registration status.


► STUDENT EXPECTATIONS:

  • Students use District-provided Chromebooks to attend virtual classes and complete activities on a daily basis.
  • No more than three days of unexcused or incomplete work will be permitted.
  • Excessive absences may result in the student being removed from the course.
  • Students may only be enrolled in one APEX course at a time.
  • Once a course is completed, the student is no longer required to attend.
  • Additional enrollment into another APEX course will be determined based upon need and spaces available.

► COURSES AVAILABLE FOR CREDIT RECOVERY:

  • ENGLISH
    — Effective Writing
    — English 9
    — English 10
    — English 11
    — English 12
     
  • MATH
    — Algebra 1
    — Algebra 2
    — Financial Math
    — Geometry
    — Precalculus
     
  • SCIENCE
    — Biology
    — Chemistry
    — Physics
     
  • SOCIAL STUDIES
    — Civics
    — U.S. History
    — World History

► COURSES AVAILABLE FOR EITHER CREDIT RECOVERY OR CREDIT ADVANCEMENT:

  • Consumer Education
  • Driver's Education Classroom (No “Behind the Wheel” instruction)
  • Health
  • Physical Education

ANY COURSE LISTED UNDER THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES ON THE APEX WEBSITE:

  • Additional Electives
  • CTE
  • World Language

APEX COURSE CATALOG: Click here to access 2020-21 catalog