Incoming kindergarten through fourth grade students take part in a five-week long summer learning camp at Stuttgart School District’s Park Avenue Elementary. The purpose of the camp is to provide students with the skills and confidence to be successful in literacy and become critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Students who did not attend pre-K or who were assessed as reading one to two grades below grade-level are invited to attend the camp, which focused on both literacy and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). In 2016:
- More than 100 K-4 students participated.
- Incoming 1st graders increased their scores between the end of the school year and the end of the summer by 14 percent on the i-Ready literacy diagnostic.
- Incoming 2nd graders increased their i-Ready scores by 11 percent.
“My daughter moved from reading on a mid-kindergarten level to a beginning of 1st grade level. Her confidence grew and she seemed more willing to try new things when she didn’t understand the answer. She moved from asking me to read her a book to picking up a book and reading it herself,” said the mother of a 1st grader who attended the Park Avenue Elementary School program.
For more details, view the program’s profile.