Students and parents looking for a robust learning recovery and acceleration program this summer won't have to look far in Chatham County. Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools are offering two summer learning sessions that will enable students to achieve credit recovery, as well as academic acceleration and enrichment. In addition, there will be several summer camps offered in collaboration with our Career and Technical Education department.
The summer learning program is called EMBRACE and will inspire students with meaningful learning experiences and engaging activities. While it is our wish to be able to be able to hug all our students one day soon, the program name “EMBRACE" actually contains an acronym that spells out the objectives of the plan: Readiness, Acceleration, Credit Acquisition and Enrichment for all students.
“We are excited to offer this new approach to summer learning for our students," said Dr. Vallerie Cave, Associate Superintendent for School Improvement. “We realize that many students need a 'catch up' period to be ready to graduate on time, to improve skills, and to focus on areas that are of interest for careers or future activities. This year's summer learning program will be unlike any other…we are reaching the WHOLE CHILD and we want them to EMBRACE lifelong learning."
EMBRACE will offer in person and virtual options with criteria for attendance (5 days a week). Two sessions will be offered: June 3 – 23 and June 28 – July 21, with a break for the July 4th holiday. Morning hours will be 8:00 – 11:00 a.m. and afternoon hours will be 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. Extended care will be offered before and after each session to accommodate parents' and students' work schedules. Some students who are not meeting course objectives will be required to attend one or more sessions for hyper-focus on specific skill development, but all students are encouraged to review the summer opportunities for enrichment and accelerated learning. Students may enroll in one or all of the summer sessions.
Dr. Cave continued, “While we are committed to delivering learning recovery for students who need it after a challenging year, we also want to engage students through exploration with cognitive, physical and social experiences. We will bring the summer camp experience to THEM and provide those unique experiences that make summer so special!"
Transportation will be available to most students in the summer programs, though some camps may require parents to provide transportation. In addition, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snacks will be provided to all students. There is no cost to attend the summer EMBRACE sessions; some CTAE camps have a small fee.
The summer learning program will be staffed by highly qualified, professional staff who are committed to helping our student excel with improved academic outcomes.
Parents will recieve an email with registration information. Students in grades 9 – 12 will receive individual notification from their high school regarding summer school enrollment. Please ensure your contact information in PowerSchool is accurate.