Summer Learning supporting the mission of the Arizona Department of Education as a service organization committed to raising academic outcomes and empowering parents.
Summer Learning leads with data-driven best practices across all Arizona Department of Education program areas by developing local and national partners to provide resources and strategies for all of Arizona’s students, families, and educators.
How does Summer Learning Connect to the ADE Strategic Plan?
High-dosage tutoring and academic enrichment opportunities
New and accelerated learning opportunities
Focuses on teachers and staff
Climate & Culture
School Safety and Social Wellness
Proper use of funds & blending of federal funds
Build community-based partnerships
Elevate best practices in summer learning
Create self-assessment/evaluation tools
Develop outcome measurements
Create a Logic Model
Increase academic outcomes
Why Summer Learning is important?
Traditionally, summer learning, known as “summer school,” was a requirement for students to make up for failing a class during the school year and used “drill and kill” style remedial work. Arizona Department of Education recognizes that summer brings a wealth of rich opportunities to maximize student achievement by providing high-quality summer learning programs that provide academic and enrichment activities. This blend of activities can reduce summer learning loss in a captivating and engaging way. It can re-engage students and provide a meaningful boost to help close opportunity gaps, lead to higher graduation rates, and increase college and career readiness for all students. For more information on summer programming beyond academic support visit https://www.ncsl.org/research/education/summer-learning.aspx.
The Summer Camp Program hosted at Champion Schools South Mountain is FREE and open to the community, providing a one of a kind experience for students. Champion scholars and new students from the community have the opportunity to experience academic enrichment through engaging hands-on learning experiences to promote curiosity and most importantly a love of learning. Offering unique classes such as Shark Week, Robotics, and CSI Camp, among many others, take learning beyond the classroom and give students knowledge they can take with them anywhere in the world. Click on the link below to see them in action.