The Fox Point-Bayside School District offers a program to improve reading and math for resident students.
Designed for students needing additional time to learn grade level skills to prevent summer learning loss, the program builds essential reading and math skills and strategies that successful students need.
The summer school operates in 2 three week blocks of instruction. Students can attend for a two-hour reading/writing block and/or a two-hour mathematics block.
Each child enrolling is encouraged to attend both three week blocks of instruction.
Reading and math support is the focus, not enrichment.
Students are expected to complete tasks on their own and function within a group of 15 without aide support.
Negative Effect of Summer Vacation on Student Achievement
Educators have long suspected the negative effect of extended summer vacations on student achievement. The first few weeks of the typical school year are spent reviewing material from the previous year to refresh students' memories. A conservative estimate of the effect of summer vacation on student achievement suggests that, at best, students demonstrate no academic growth during vacation and at worst, they experience a loss of one month in grade-equivalent skills (or one tenth of a standard deviation relative to their own abilities). The loss is greater when examined by subject, with mathematics computation and spelling showing larger negative effects than reading.