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BPS Announces Remote Summer Learning Opportunities
BPS has announced details of remote summer learning programs for students. The majority of summer learning and enrichment programming will run from July 6 - August 7. Following local and state and public health guidance, all summer learning opportunities will be provided remotely.
“The City of Boston is committed to providing continued remote learning opportunities, employment options, and enriching activities to engage youth throughout the summer,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “We have made it our priority to continue making these vital supports available to students in the months ahead, and we encourage students to take advantage of the many programs and services available to them.”
Students who enroll in summer learning may continue to use the Chromebooks they were assigned, as well as the wireless hotspot they may have received in order to continue their remote learning.
"Every summer, BPS provides equitable opportunities for our students to access authentic, high-quality, enriching learning activities,” said BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius. “Though this summer will be different for us all, BPS remains focused on optimizing continuity of learning and equitable recovery of learning loss, providing access to free, healthy meals, and supporting the continued health and well-being of our students and families."
BPS will continue to provide access to free breakfast and lunch meals to City of Boston children. BPS meal sites currently open will continue serving Boston children throughout the summer. BPS will also continue to deliver breakfast and lunch meals to students who regularly receive door-to-door transportation. BPS meal sites will remain open on weekdays from June 23-July 2.
“Though this summer will be different for us all, BPS remains focused on optimizing continuity of learning and equitable recovery of learning loss, providing access to free, healthy meals, and supporting the continued health and well-being of our students and families."
- Superintendent Brenda Cassellius
Beginning July 6, BPS will operate an additional 18 meal sites. All sites will operate Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30 a.m. In addition, the City of Boston and community partners will operate dozens of additional meal sites, open throughout the summer. More information is available at bostonpublicschools.org/freemeals.
“This year it is more important than ever to educate our students outside of the conventional school year, and the Boston School Committee is appreciative of the various academic acceleration opportunities available to BPS students this summer,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael Loconto. “Summer learning programs provide our students the opportunity to refine their existing knowledge, develop new critical thinking skills, and remain engaged with their peers and school community over the summer."
Earlier this month, Mayor Walsh announced the Mayor's Youth Summer Jobs Program will continue this year, and will be bolstered by an additional $4.1 million in funding to support 8,000 youth ages 14-21 in obtaining summer jobs and engagement opportunities this summer. As the COVID-19 public health crisis remains, this year's programming has been adapted to meet the current and anticipated public health guidelines.
Students are also encouraged to apply to 5th Quarter summer programs, administered by BPS, Boston After School & Beyond and community partners. Any family can apply to these programs. Please note that space is limited.
The 5th Quarter of Learning was launched 11 years ago and has tallied over $20 million in public and private investment to support over 50,000 Boston students in hundreds of summer programs. For the past two years, Massachusetts allocated more than $1 million to extend summer learning to economically disadvantaged students across the state.
“Boston’s national leadership in summer learning has been driven by our innovative spirit, imaginative programs and consistent focus on closing opportunity and achievement gaps,” said Boston After School & Beyond Executive Director Chris Smith. “Despite the challenges of this year, our partners are engaging young people, wherever they are, for skills focused, project based learning.”
Boston’s integrated approach to summer learning and employment earned the distinction of a Top 100 Solution in the MacArthur Foundation’s $100 million international grant competition, with the winner expected to be announced this summer.
Research has shown that a substantial portion of the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher income peers can be explained by unequal access to high-quality summer learning opportunities. The RAND Corporation and the Wallace Foundation indicated that this summer learning model, in which students engage in academics and enrichment with BPS teachers and program staff, provides high-attending students with statistically significant advantages in math and English Language Arts that persist through the entire school year.
More information about BPS summer programs follows:
- Summer Learning Academies: Programming available for students in grades K-8, featuring a balance of academics led by BPS teachers and enrichment content from community partners, focused on providing fun, engaging remote opportunities (including arts, STEM, and sports-based games).
- Credit Recovery: Teacher-driven and online credit recovery options for students in grades 6-12.
- English Learner Summer: Enrichment opportunities (including arts, music, theater) as well as English language development, content instruction, and social-emotional support for students entering grades K2-12.
- Extended School Year (ESY): The Extended School Year (ESY), a summer program for students with disabilities, who have been identified by their Individual Education Plan (IEP) Teams as at risk of substantial regression over the summer. The program will offer rigorous instruction and support for students who are eligible.
- Exam School Initiative (ESI): The Exam School Initiative is a targeted BPS equity initiative that aims to expand access to historically underrepresented students in the district’s exam schools. Schools were provided a set number of seats based on a proportional allotment to nominate students.
- Summer Early Focus: Project-based, hands-on learning for students in grades K1-2 with learning kits provided to families.
- Social Justice Academy: The Excellence for All School Without Walls initiative will run a Social Justice Academy this summer. The academy provides social justice focused, project-based learning classes to rising grade 3-12 students. The program will use a critical pedagogy for social justice lens in which students will critique instances of educational, social, and racial injustice and articulate their own anti-racist, socially just solutions.
- Boston Summer Learning Community: Over 100 enrichment programs coordinate efforts through Boston After School & Beyond and enroll Boston students with a focus on skills such as critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and perseverance.
For additional information about summer learning options, youth employment opportunities, summer reading lists, other BPS summer services and community resources, please visit bostonpublicschools.org/summer.