The Reinvention of Summer School

Publication date: May 28, 2015

Posted by Sophie Quinton on May 27, 2015.

School buses in Pittsburgh don’t stop rolling in the summer. From late June to early August, they transport children from all over the city to school buildings transformed into quasi-summer camps. In the morning, kids study reading and math. In the afternoon, they might go kayaking or swimming, try out fencing or pottery, visit a museum or learn about local architecture.

Urban school districts like Pittsburgh Public Schools are hoping that fun, academically rigorous summer programs can narrow the academic achievement gap between affluent and low-income children. Now Pittsburgh schools are participating in a foundation-funded study that will shed light on how well such programs work.

Read the full article in the National Journal.

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