The summer before ninth grade is both an exciting and daunting time for students. Soon they will be entering a new school, taking more advanced coursework, and will be held responsible for keeping up grades for college. It certainly sounds like a time that they should be relaxing before these new responsibilities take hold! However, summer vacation, rather than allowing students to rest and mentally prepare for the next year can contribute to the sudden and unpredicted decline in many students’ academic performance (hitting students from disadvantaged backgrounds the hardest) known as “ninth grade shock.”
Ah, summer. The smell of freedom, chlorine, freshly cut grass, and…dropping math and reading levels? While students may enjoy the long break from school, research shows that their educational progress does not. The two to three month learning hiatus can lead to major setbacks for already struggling students, resulting in lower standardized test scores, unhealthy eating habits, and higher dropout rates, especially among at-risk groups. OnlineCollege.org has put together research highlighting the dangers of summer learning loss. Below are just a few of those dangers:
Summer school offers a great opportunity to retake a class for a better grade, catch up on credits, or take a fun elective. However, many students are averse to the idea of losing opportunities to travel, work a summer job, or play on with a sports team. Options For Youth’s FREE summer school program offers all of the above opportunities without sacrificing the freedoms of summer. Below are just a few of the benefits OFY offers.
Everyone loves summer. As soon as the last school bell rings, students grab their backpacks and race out the door, leaving all thoughts of dangling participles, quadratic equations and conjugated verbs behind. And what happens next? Sometimes it’s camp or summer reading programs. More often it’s a lot of TV watching, video games, social media, […]