In partnership with elementary schools in Austin, TX, we have created an enriching six-week summer learning program.
Our 2016 Summer Learning Program was amazing!
This summer we are traveled through time with students - starting in the 1900s and ending by creating our own future! We explored a new decade each week to learn about that time period through sports, science, literacy, arts, and more!
Check out all the results from last year's program in our 2015 Outcomes Report.
Thank You to our 2016 Summer Learning Program Partners and Sponsors
What happens to students over the summer?
Students Lose Academic Skills
Students lose at least two months of math and reading skills over the summer months when they aren't engaged in quality summer learning. This has a cumulative effect over time, with students from under-resourced areas falling further and further behind each summer, putting them behind their peers each fall and less ready for college and careers.
Children Are Less Active
Children are less active and gain weight two or three times faster during the summer months than during the school year.
Parents say that finding ways to keep their children productive is their biggest challenge in the summer. This can put children in risky situations and impact parents’ work productivity.
We are expanding summer opportunities!
To ensure students have an engaging, enriching, and fun summer experience, the Andy Roddick Foundation operates a six-week summer learning program focused on literacy, STEM, arts, and sports. Elementary students engage in a thematic, inquiry-based learning to develop skills to promote achievement both in and out of school. Additionally, students participate in community service projects and families are purposefully engaged through regular communication and events. The goal is to not only provide students with a memorable summer experience but also to build resilient students who have the skills and traits needed to reach their potential. Building these skills early sets students on a path to become successful, engaged community members and leaders.
Our summer learning program is a mix of activities we design and those provided by community partners, all aligned with the Texas Education Agency’s essential knowledge and skills as well as the goals of the school. All activities revolve around the summer theme, which for the 2016 summer is Time Travel!
By the end of the summer, the students will:
- Be prepared and ready for the fall school semester
- Feel healthier and increase their level of physical activity
- Set and work toward at least one goal, displaying persistence and perseverance
- Display improved or sustained pro-social behavior in the program
Engaging Students Year-Round
To keep students and families engaged, the Andy Roddick Foundation continues to provide services and organize events during the school year. We maintain a regular presence at the school, host at least two family nights, take students on regular "Career Field Trips" to places like Austin City Hall and PricewaterhouseCoopers, send home regular communication like birthday cards, make sure all students are informed about afterschool program opportunities, and work with their families to enroll them in a program that best fits their needs. We also work with the school to provide even more students afterschool opportunities - learn more about what we do to support afterschool learning here.
During the 2015 Summer Learning Program:
- 93% of students, on average, attended each day
- 93% of families attended family engagement nights
- 100% of guardians would send their child to the program again
- 100% of students said they enjoyed the program
- 97% of guardians felt the program prepared their child for the next grade
- 13,152,164 steps were taken over the summer
- Statistically significant positive changes were found in student initiative and peer relations
- 130 volunteers spent 588 hours at the program with students and 100% enjoyed the experience