Summer Learning Program

Summer Learning Program: Summer 2020

Purpose

Given the loss of instructional time due to COVID-19 related school closures, the summer of 2020 will be essential to help stave off typical summer learning loss experienced by students. In order to limit the summer learning loss, the Department of Catholic Schools created a free summer learning program for students entering 3rd through 8th grade.

Participants

  • Students in Catholic Schools
  • Incoming students new to Catholic schools
  • Public school students

Program (July 6th to August 14)

The Summer Learning Program will provide academic instruction to incoming 3rd through 8th graders. There will be two courses taught (ELA and Math) in each grade level for a total of 24 courses.  Each course will run for six weeks from July 6th to August 14th. Each week will focus on one topic that will help ease the transition from one grade to the next.

Program Structure

Each week will have the following activities for students to engage in:

  1. A 15-20 minute self-produced instructional video pertaining to the topic of the week. Those videos will be posted on Friday of the prior week and students will be expected to watch that video between Friday and Tuesday.
  2. An independent activity on Friday of the prior week for students to complete by the end of day on Tuesday. The independent work will reinforce and extend the content knowledge and skill that was presented during the instructional video. Students will submit their work and teachers will provide feedback by the end of the week.
  3. A Zoom/Google Meet class for all students in the course. These meetings will be synchronous and required for all students to attend. These meetings will occur on Wednesday or Thursday and will last for 45 minutes. The purpose of these meetings is to review content covered during the instructional videos and independent activity. The sessions will provide teachers with the opportunity to engage students in discussions around the topics of the week and assess students’ understanding and mastery of the content. These meetings will also give teachers the opportunity to introduce the topics of the next week.

Typical week for all the courses

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Students watch the instructional video Students complete the independent activity Class meeting on either Wednesday or Thursday Teacher uploads video and activity for next week

This program is not designed to be a summer school program required for students to move to the next grade level. Some Catholic schools may strongly encourage tutoring or continued learning and this program could fit that requirement. The Summer Learning program is not designed to be a summer school program that public school students could complete to successful matriculate to the next grade level.

Cost

Free

Registration

Thank you for your interest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools Summer Learning Program. Registration is now closed. 

Questions

For questions regarding the Summer Learning Program, please email summerlearning@archbaltschools.org.