Summer Learning for All 2021
Summer Learning 2021 is optional and offered to all ACPS students with the goal to engage, enrich and help prepare them in anticipation of the start of the new school year. The Summer Learning program will be offered virtually to all students, and in-person instruction will be offered to targeted students according to a prioritization matrix. If a family does not make a choice on the form about whether or not a student will participate this summer, then the student will not be enrolled in Summer Learning 2021.
Summer Learning Dates and Hours
- PreK-8th grade: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, July 6 - August 12, 2021. August 2-12, 2021 will be a virtual program to invite-only selected students.
- High School: 7:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 6-30, 2021.
Note: High school students will be expected to participate in either the morning or afternoon session, depending on the timing of the course in which a student is enrolled.
Highlights and Overview
Summer Learning will be for all students currently enrolled in ACPS. As part of the May 2021 Learning Choice Form, there was an option for families to indicate their preference for participation in summer learning.
Most summer opportunities are free to all students, with the exception of new courses at Alexandria City High School.
Any student whose circumstances have been impacted by COVID-19 or is eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals can access these classes for free by contacting their school counselor.
The goal of summer learning is to engage, enrich, and prepare students for the anticipation of August 2021 and is based on the following principles:
- Engaging content paced to afford students the opportunity to self-monitor and receive feedback and coaching. Feedback and coaching are essential for student success in the virtual context.
- Preparation for the next grade level for all rising sixth-grade students and secondary students through boost/prep courses.
- Pre-K through fourth-grade students will continue using learning kits, tablets, and Chromebooks.
- Feedback and grading are essential to Summer 2021. Students will receive feedback and coaching or grades for credit-bearing courses that will go on transcripts.
- Provide social-emotional supports to all students throughout the summer school session.
- Prioritizing specific student groups for in-person instruction (PreK-8 students who have been identified as having SEAL needs (Social, Emotional, Academic Learning), English Language learners, students with disabilities, high school students in credit recovery programs).
- Students not selected for in-person instruction will have the opportunity to participate in a robust virtual learning environment.
In the News!
By Justin Finch, July 6, 2021, NBC Washington
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By Hannah Natanson, July 9, 2021, The Washington Post