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JCPS offering summer learning opportunities for students

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 7:28 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - JCPS has been back to in-person learning for a month now and the district is looking ahead to summer.

Many students have fallen behind over the past year because of the pandemic. However, there is a way to boost kids’ learning and fill in those gaps made over the year, getting a jump start on the upcoming school year.

JCPS is offering what they are calling summer learning opportunities for students from Pre-K through 12th grade. Students will have the opportunity to learn this summer for free at nearly 100 locations.

The camps are free are available to all JCPS students, with priority given to students most in need of the additional support.

“What we have done so far is using our data department to identify kids who need the most, the ones who have not participated in NTI, low participation rates, or grades may have suffered, students we know need support in order to move on to the next grade or even to graduate,” JCPS Superintendent Dr. Marty Pollio said. “That will be our first focus. Then we will work with our schools to identify for us those that may need it. Phone calls encourage parents to do that. After that we will advertise and open to any student.”

Summer learning options will include three main areas:

  • Backpack League, which will offer students in first through 12th grade an in-person experience
  • Summer League, where students will learn virtually and earn points to make it onto a leaderboard run by JCPS.
  • Specialized Camps, which will fit the unique interests and needs of students, like robotics, karate, dance, a book club, and early childhood programs.

Western Middle School student Love Eden have taken part in the program in the past.

“I really learned how to be confident and leadership,” Eden said.

JCPS says summer learning options will have a strong emphasis on reading and math skills.

New this year, Camp Jumpstart will focus on social-emotional development and adaptive skills for current 3-year-old students in the district’s early childhood program. JCPS will also bring back Camp Ready for Kindergarten, to help prepare up to 1,600 students start kindergarten in the fall.

The backpack league will begin as early as June 21 through July 30. Transportation and meals will be provided in the summer learning opportunities. Registration will be open soon on the district’s website here.

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