Some districts, including Oakland and San Francisco Unified, are looking to after-school and summer programs as one way to introduce students to scientific and engineering concepts in a more relaxed and fun atmosphere that encourages experimentation.
A review of 30 studies on after-school and summer programs across the country found mixed results regarding their benefits on student academic performance.
Even though schools across California offer similar amounts of instructional time each week, and instructional days during the school year, students in high-poverty schools get far less time for actual learning, according to a new report.
As California school districts implement the Common Core State Standards in English and math, more of them are looking to after-school and summer programs to help acquaint both teachers and students with the new approach to learning.
Hayward school officials, police, businesses, and churches are taking a gentle approach to reducing high truancy rates among students. The program is part of a campaign to engage the community in supporting its students as the district develops its community schools model.
In a national ranking, California is at the top in providing quality after-school programs based on the percentage of students involved, parent satisfaction and other factors, according to a survey by the Afterschool Alliance, an advocacy group for expanded learning.
ady. Summer bridge programs and other support during the summer after high school graduation can make the difference in whether graduating seniors — particularly from low-income families — who plan to go to college actually enroll. National studies show that from 10 percent to 40 percent of students, depending on the school district, who are intending to go to college never show up.
A summer internship program at one of the nation’s premier biomedical research labs puts high school and college students on the front lines of cutting-edge medical research.
California legislators have passed a law that gives priority for federal after-school funding to schools that also have summer programs as a way to promote year-round learning. The bill also sets new quality standards for all out-of-school programs in the state.
California’s state universities pilot a summer program that will help some of the thousands of students in the state who are a course or two shy of being eligible for college. Frequently, that one course is Algebra II.