Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 12/6/2018 - 6:30 PM
Type: Action
Subject: 2. Action on the 2019 Summer Academy Plan
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.17 - Summer Academy
Attachments: 2018 Summer Academy Presentation
Summer Academy Sites 2019
File Attachment:
2018 Summer Academy Presentation.pdf
Summer Academy Sites 2019.pdf
Background: Milwaukee Public Schools offers summer extended-learning opportunities that provide academic and other learning supports to the youth in the city. For the summer of 2019, MPS will offer June Academy, which will run June 3-28, 2019, and July Academy, which will run July 1-26, 2019, with no classes to be held July 4-5, 2019. Elementary students attend Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and high-school students attend Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Students in high school will have opportunities in June and July to strengthen or enhance skills, to recover credits, to acquire credits, and to engage in career-based learning experiences. Offerings include both core courses and electives. Course sections for bilingual and English-language learners are offered. Students will also have the ability to enroll in face-to-face credit recovery, Edgenuity and Proximity online credit recovery, and credit acceleration. Students in the GEDO #2 and competency programs with two or fewer requirements for graduation can enroll in the summer with the goal to graduate.

Freshman Bridge, which will be offered at 21 high schools, allows incoming freshmen opportunities to meet ninth-grade teachers and classmates, to engage in academic activities, to connect to upperclassmen, to learn about the freshman experience, to acquire tools/strategies to navigate freshman year with success, and to identify extracurricular areas of interest.

Grade-8 promotional programming will have a curricular focus on document-based questions and transition to algebra. The growth of social-emotional competencies will be fostered by restorative practices and activities.

Middle-school programming will be more of a camp-like experience, integrating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) into cross-curricular lessons and experiences.

Middle School Bridge will be offered at seven middle schools. The Middle School Bridge’s experiences allow incoming sixth-grade students and parents opportunities to form a realistic expectation of what middle school will be like, to build a sense of community, to explore extra-curricular activities, and to learn how middle school is different from elementary school.

Elementary summer areas of instructional focus include literacy through science and math lessons. Social-emotional areas of focus include scheduled brain breaks (15 minutes of engaging games) and growth mindset lessons. Programming will be offered in the areas of bilingual, ESL, Montessori, and arts.

Extended School Year (ESY) services are provided to qualifying students, as mandated in their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), during both June Academy and Summer Academy. Schlitz Audubon Nature Programs and Discovery World Mobile Lab opportunities are built into the curriculum.

The School-to-Work Transition Program prepares students with special educational needs for the transition from school to the adult world of work and community living. High-school students have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers while learning appropriate work behaviors.

Summer Adventures focus on Wisconsin’s unique heritage, STEM/STEAM, coding, the natural environment, insects, life cycles, farm life, and integration of arts. Students will engage with community partners through field trips, camps and on-site activities for more student engagement.
Fiscal Impact Statement: Funding for the Summer Academy, which totals $2,468,914 from board funds and $2,519,093 from extension funds, is included in the 2018-19 amended budget. Costs for summer programs, including Freshmen and Middle School Bridge programs held in August, will be determined through the 2019-2020 budget process. Allocation of funding is coordinated by the Department of College and Career Readiness within the Office of Academics.
Implementation and Assessment Plan Upon approval, the Administration will begin preparing for implementation in the summer of 2019. All summer academy programs are contingent upon funding, enrollment, and Facilities and Maintenance Service's building-modifications projects. Changes necessitated by these contingencies will be reported to the Board.
Recommendation: The Administration recommends that the Board Approve the 2019 Summer Academy Plan.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
John Hill - Director
Signed By:
Jeremiah Holiday - Interim Instructional Superintendent
Signed By:
Rosana Mateo, Ph.D. - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:
Keith Posley, Ed.D. - Superintendent