Summer Learning Academy (K-8)


The 2021 Summer Learning Academy at Elm Middle School will feature a number of different opportunities for District 401 students in elementary and middle school, including but not limited to Scholastic Academy for K-5 and Exploration Academy for K-8.

For information about specific K-8 programs, scroll down or use these links:

*PLEASE NOTE: Apex courses for credit recovery and credit enhancement are held for grades 6-12 at Elmwood Park High School beginning on Monday, June 14. Apex courses are NOT held at Elm Middle School. If you are interested in the 9-12 Summer Learning Academy program at Elmwood Park High School, please see this document and this page.


About This Year's Program


Summer Learning Academy instruction for elementary and middle school students will be conducted in person at Elm Middle School. The only exceptions will be Apex courses for credit enhancement or credit recovery for grades 6-8, which will be held at the high school.

Summer 2021 courses at Elm will begin Tuesday, June 15, and will end Friday, July 2. Classes will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. All students will have a 30-minute lunch and mask break. More details can be found below.

Apex courses at EPHS for grades 6-8 will begin Monday, June 14, and will end Friday, July 9.


Frequently Asked Questions



Academic Reinforcement Courses | K & Up


Looking to refine your skills as a scholar? Academic reinforcement 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, Starting June 15-Ending July 2
  • EL Newcomer Camp
    This is for students in grades K and up 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, Starting June 15-Ending July 2
  • Extended School Year (ESY)
    This is for students in grades K and up 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, Starting June 15-Ending July 2

Interest-Based Courses | 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, Starting June 15-Ending 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, Starting June 15-Ending 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, Starting June 15-Ending 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, Starting June 15-Ending July 2

Apex Courses | 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.

*PLEASE NOTE: Apex courses for credit recovery and credit enhancement are held for grades 6-12 at Elmwood Park High School beginning on Monday, June 14. They will end on Friday, July 9, 2021. Apex courses are NOT held at Elm Middle School. If you are interested in Apex courses for grades 9-12, please see this document.


► 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


Questions or Concerns?


Please contact Mr. Tim Cech with (non-Apex) K-8 Summer Learning Academy-related questions or concerns at cecht@epcusd401.org.

If you have questions or concerns specifically about Apex courses for grades 6-8, please contact Elm Principal Ms. Ashley Groeneveld at groenevelda@epcusd401.org.