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What is SummerLEAP?
SummerLEAP is a six-week summer program that focuses on providing high quality summer enrichment to students in the Rochester area in order to work towards providing more equitable educational experiences for all children. Our program works specifically with students from the Rochester City School District.
SummerLEAP focuses on increasing students' literacy and math knowledge by using the arts, science, and project-based learning. A low student-to-teacher ratio along with field trips, swim lessons, and group activities increases the children's knowledge and confidence in a fun and educational setting. SummerLEAP at The College at Brockport is one of several programs supported by the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA), which directs a consortium of local Horizons National programs and other local programs using the Horizons’ model, known as LEAP (Learning Enrichment to Achieve Potential).
Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for youth from the Rochester City School District to engage in high quality summer learning experiences that promote academic, social, emotional, creative, physical, and personal development through authentic learning opportunities.
What are our goals?
The goals of the six-week summer enrichment program are as follows:
- To create safe spaces for enhanced learning
- For students to participate in enrichment activities such as: swimming, field trips,
drama, dance, music, physical activities, and positive social interactions, which
are often correlated with improving school-year attendance due to:
- Improving children's social and interpersonal skills
- Experiencing a safe summer experience
- Building self-esteem, resourcefulness and self-advocacy
- Supporting academic growth and retention.
We accomplish our goals through the following:
- Having two certified teachers and a teacher assistant for every 15 students
- Individualized instruction informed by data
- Swim lessons
- Inquiry-based instruction informed by data
- Inquiry-based explorations integrating reading, math, and writing skills
- Multi-age learning groups
- Educational field trips
- Nutritious meals and snacks each day
- Student choice time in interest areas
- Arts Integration
- Restorative justice social supports
- Graduate literacy interns
- Community gatherings
- Alignment with the Rochester Model for High Quality Summer Learning Programs