With spring break approaching and snow on the ground finally giving way to grass, the remainder of the school year typically flies by. Before we know it, summer will be here however, at Naperville Community Unit School District 203, advancing student learning does not end when summer begins. In fact, summer is a great time for students to not only catch up, but to get ahead and try something new as well.
In the Focus 2020 Strategic Blueprint, created to guide the District’s efforts through 2020, we have a commitment to make improvements to summer learning that will advance every student’s learning, from students who are not yet meeting academic standards, to those who are already exceeding them.
An example of how the District is working toward this goal is our partnership with the Naperville Park District and their Camp LOL offered at Mill Street and Meadow Glens, our elementary summer school sites. This partnership allows kids to engage in important academic activity in the morning and spend the afternoon in a high-quality park district camp. With the addition of this afternoon camp, more families now have the ability to enroll their kindergarten through fourth grade students in summer school. Last school year our elementary summer school enrollment grew by more than 40 percent and Camp LOL was filled to capacity.
At the Junior High level, we are offering exciting new courses for kids who want to learn computer programming and for those who want to take a Project-Lead-The-Way engineering-based class, but didn’t get to during the school year. Interest is high in these courses and they are already nearing capacity enrollment.
For high school students, the leap forward has been the introduction of our online “eLo” (Expanding Learning Opportunities) courses. These courses are offered by a consortium we run with neighboring Indian Prairie School District 204 and Wheaton-Warrenville District 200. From consumer education to American government, more than 500 students are already signed up to learn in an entirely online environment offering flexible and convenient learning, while preparing them for learning in an online environment which is increasingly becoming the norm in many businesses and higher education institutions.
Ultimately, summer learning in District 203 is an extension of students’ learning from the regular school year that continues to advance students’ learning year-round, and advances our mission to educate students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers, and community contributors.
Thank you, as always, for the continued support of your school District – it is my pleasure to share with you, our community noteworthy updates like our summer learning programs, as well as the many wonderful contributions made by our students and staff. For up-to-date information please visit our website, www.naperville203.org
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