In partnership with Pecan Springs Elementary in Austin, TX, we have created an enriching six-week summer learning program.
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 weekly theme, which for the 2014 summer were: environment and stewardship; college, careers, and entrepreneurship; music, film, and theatre; robotics and engineering; and health and nutrition.
By the end of the summer, the students will:
- Be prepared and ready for the fall school semester
- Feel healthier and more in control of their health
- Set and work toward at least one goal, displaying persistence and perseverance
- Display improved or sustained pro-social behavior in the program
Our Impact in 2014
During the 2014 Summer Learning Program:
- 91% of students, on average attended each day
- 89% of families attended family engagement nights
- 100% of guardians would send their child to the program again
- 100% of guardians said their child was excited to come to the program every day
- 81 volunteers spent almost 630 hours at the program with students and 100% enjoyed the experience
- 94% of students felt ready for the next grade