Summer Learning Academy


The 2021 Summer Learning Academy will feature a number of different opportunities for District 401 students, including but not limited to Scholastic Academy for K-5, Exploration Academy for K-8 and APEX for 6-12. For details, scroll down or use these quick links:


About This Year's Program


Classes begin on June 15, 2021. Instruction will be conducted in person at Elm Middle School, except for APEX courses, which will be hosted at Elmwood Park High School and will be online.

Summer courses at Elm will end on July 2, 2021. Classes will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. All students will have a 30-minute lunch/mask break.

Students taking APEX courses will have until July 30 to complete their online classes.

Cost is $100 for Scholastic Academy, $150 for Exploration Academy and $100 for APEX. The last day to sign up is April 12.

More details can be found below and in the 2021 program flyer. Please note that all application links have been removed from the flyer. Parents and students interested in applying should use the application information provided to them by their building administrators.


Frequently Asked Questions



Academic Courses for K-12


Looking to refine your skills as a scholar? Academic courses strengthen understanding of current grade-level content. These offerings consist of:

  • Scholastic Academy
    This is for students currently in grades K-5 who need reinforcement of grade-level skills so they will be prepared for next year's instruction. Students enrolled in these 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.
    Mondays-Fridays, June 15-July 2
  • EL Newcomer Camp
    This is for students in grades K-12 who identify as English Learners (EL) and are new to the United States. Students are invited to participate in this course. Students will learn about Elmwood Park and Chicago communities through activities, discussions and expeditions.
    Mondays-Fridays, June 15-July 2
  • Extended School Year (ESY)
    This is for students in grades K-12 who qualify for 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.
    Mondays-Fridays, June 15-July 2

More information about academic courses can be found on page 2 of the program flyer.


Interest-Based Courses for K-8


Looking for an enriching learning experience? These courses, offered through our Exploration Academy, provide thematically aligned learning activities for students currently in grades K-8:

  • Bringing Literature to Life | Current Students in Grades K-2
    This course is for students who are interested in using drama strategies to enhance their learning and understanding of characters and events that take place in a text. Students will develop their reading comprehension skills while also exploring their creativity and bringing stories alive! They will activate their bodies, voices and imaginations as they engage with different texts and develop their skills with narrative writing and storytelling.
    Mondays-Fridays, June 15-July 2
  • Writer’s Workshop | Current Students in Grades 3-5
    Do you want to be a published author? Take your story idea from your mind to the page in this class! Students will explore the writing process culminating in the creation of their own hardcover book. We will use standards-based checklists to help guide our writing in the genre of choice as we write and illustrate our own books. Each student will take home a bound copy of their work as a keepsake. Time to get those creative juices flowing!
    Mondays-Fridays, June 15-July 2
  • Art Around the World | Current Students in Grades 6-8
    Join us as we travel around the world and learn about art from different cultures. From anime in Japan to the murals of Mexico, we will travel the world through art. Create with us as we make and take our art passports with us on a journey around the world!
    Mondays-Fridays, June 15-July 2
  • Forensic Science Exploration | Current Students in Grades 6-8
    This class will be Forensic Sciences for Middle Schoolers. In this course, we will explore how scientists can use fingerprinting, genetics and handwriting to investigate crimes. Students can expect to solve fictional crimes using the methods we learn about in class!
    Mondays-Fridays, June 15-July 2

More information about interest-based courses can be found on page 3 of the program flyer.


APEX Courses for 6-8


Looking for ways to accelerate your learning or more support in subjects you struggle with? APEX courses are online classes that meet each student's unique needs. Priority in grades 6-8 will be given to students who require coursework for skill deficiency or courses failed.

Students use District-provided Chromebooks to complete activities on a daily basis. 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 on need and spaces available.


► Core Courses 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
World History (6)
U.S. History (7)
Civics (8)


► Electives for Middle School Students


FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Spanish

KINETIC WELLNESS
Health
Physical Education

SCIENCE
Life Science
Physical Science


APEX courses begin June 15 and will be available until July 30.

More information about APEX for grades 6-8 can be found on page 4 of the program flyer.


APEX Courses for 9-12


As mentioned above, APEX courses are online classes that meet each student's unique needs. Priority in grades 9-12 will be given to students who require coursework for graduation or credit recovery, but courses are also available for credit advancement.

Students use District-provided Chromebooks to complete activities on a daily basis. 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 on need and spaces available.


► Courses for High School Credit Recovery


ENGLISH
English I
English II
English III
English IV

MATH
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Geometry
Financial Math
Precalculus

SCIENCE
Biology
Chemistry
Physics

SOCIAL STUDIES
Civics*
U.S. Government
World History
U.S. History
*Current 8th graders


► Courses for High School Credit Recovery or Advancement


Health
Physical Education
Consumer Education
Driver Education Classroom*
*No "Behind the Wheel" instruction

Any APEX course listed under the following categories:
World Language
Additional Electives
Career & Technical Education (CTE)


APEX courses begin June 15 and will be available until July 30.

More information about APEX for grades 9-12 can be found on page 5 of the program flyer.


Questions or Concerns?


Please contact Mr. Tim Cech with Summer Learning Academy-related questions or concerns at cecht@epcusd401.org.

If you have questions or concerns specifically about APEX courses, please contact Mr. Douglas Wildes at wildesd@epcusd401.org.


2021 Program Flyer


Click the image below to see our five-page flyer describing the 2021 Summer Learning Academy. As mentioned above, all application links have been removed from the flyer.

Parents and students interested in applying should use the application information provided to them by their respective building administrators.


2021 Summer Learning Academy flyer

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