For low-income students, the end of the school year means an idle summer whereas their richer counterparts engage in a host of enrichment programs. School districts across the country are rethinking their summer offerings for low-income students. A report from the Rand Corporation suggests that summer school is valuable if done right. It helps students perform better throughout the year. Educators in Boston are heeding this call. This summer, K-8 educators and students around Boston engage in a set of summer activities that range from science to sailing. The new initiative, The Fifth Quarter of Learning, is a drastic change from previous summer when administrators enroll more students than educators could handle knowing that most won’t show up. The Fifth Quarter initiative will serve as a model and inspiration for expansion to high school students if it proves successful.
What are some other ways to make summer enriching for low-income students?