Summer Learning Academy | Grades K-8


Each year District 401 offers summer classes for students who want opportunities to continue their learning. In 2020 our Summer Learning Academy for grades K-8 will be offered from June 2 to July 2 at Elmwood Park High School.


Fast Facts About the 2020 Program


Two main course tracks will be available for students this summer:

ACADEMIC COURSES 
These courses are open to District 401 students who meet specific academic criteria. The classes last two weeks (10 days) or five weeks (23 days).

INTEREST-BASED COURSES
These courses are open to all families in our community. The classes last two weeks or five weeks. 

Both course tracks are described below. All summer courses, whether academic or interest-based, share the following features:

  • The school day runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
  • The school day includes daily breakfast and teacher-supervised lunch.
  • All courses will be finished before the Fourth of July.

Details about registration will be made available in mid-to-late January and will also be shared at the February parent-teacher conferences.

The principal of the K-8 Summer Learning Academy is Ms. Morgan Freeck, the District's instructional specialist for math and science. 


Academic Courses


District 401 students qualify for the following courses based on specific academic criteria. Parents will be notified if their children qualify.

Kindergarten Countdown Camp
This is a two-week class for incoming kindergarten students. Eligibility is based on kindergarten readiness data.

EL Newcomers Camp
This is a two-week class for incoming students in grades 1-8 who are new to the United States. Eligibility is based on English Learners criteria.

Extended School Year (ESY)
ESY consists of five-week courses for students who qualify based on special education services.

Scholastic Academy
Scholastic Academy consists of five-week courses for incoming students in grades 1-5. Coursework will utilize the school-year curriculum (e.g., GO Math!, ReadyGEN, STEMscopes, myWorld Interactive) to meet specific learning needs. Students will qualify based on specific academic criteria. Depending on need, some classes will have a co-teacher.


Interest-Based Courses


All students are invited to sign up for an interest-based course based on their grade level (K-8). These courses do not require students to meet specific criteria, but space is limited.

The specific interest-based courses for summer 2020 will be announced later in January. Previous summers have featured courses such as "Math Games & Reader's Theater," "STEM Camp," "Around the World in 10 Days" and "Kid Power."    


Registration


Summer Learning Academy registration for 2020 will be done online.

As mentioned above, details about registration will be made available in mid-to-late January and will also be shared at the February parent-teacher conferences.


To Learn More


A flyer about summer classes will be available later in January and will be distributed to District families. The flyer will also be posted here.

In the meantime if you have questions about the 2020 program, please contact Summer Learning Academy Principal Ms. Morgan Freeck. She can be reached by email at freeckm@epcusd401.org.