Detroit Public Schools announces 2010 summer school program

Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542
Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-8401

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb today announced plans for an expanded Summer School program in a noon phone call to all district parents.

Summer Academy 2010 will run five days a week from June 22- July 29 and serve students at every grade level. Nearly 32,000 students in 131 schools participated in last year’s summer school program. This year, the district expects to serve nearly 40,000 students in almost every school.

“In order to assist our children with a more rigorous curriculum, this expanded summer school program builds upon the successes of last year’s summer school and adds a number of valuable components for students,” Bobb said.

For the first time, the district will offer a summer experience to prepare students who will enter Pre-K, kindergarten and high school this fall. Teachers will undergo extensive training in math and literacy instruction, as required by the district’s rigorous five-year Academic Plan.

“It is critical that we offer opportunities for both students and teachers to build their skills this summer,” said Chief Academic and Accountability Auditor Barbara Byrd-Bennett. “The Academic Plan has raised the standards for everyone, and we’ll need to hit the ground running when school starts in the fall to ensure everyone can perform as they should.”

Summer Academy 2010 will be mandatory for students in grades K-8 who are not performing at grade level and it will be open to high school students who need to make up credits in order to graduate.

Summer Academy 2010 will be available for nearly every school, including those selected for closure. Students at buildings that will be renovated this summer will attend classes at alternate sites, which will be announced soon.

Among the unique aspects of the 2010 Summer Program is the hiring of two teachers for each classroom, which will allow the district to provide teacher training during the school day. The teachers will swap between training and teaching their assigned classes.

Principals will run the summer program at their regular schools, maintaining the continuity of leadership and capitalizing on their knowledge of their students, teachers, parents and school community.

The 2010 Summer Program will include a managed literacy and mathematics curriculum for students in grades Pre-K – 8 to ensure that all children are receiving the same high-quality instruction based on their needs.

Current 8th graders will have an opportunity to attend their assigned high school for a week to familiarize them with the campus, meet their teachers, learn study skills, take pre-tests and begin developing important relationships with their teachers and peers.

Letters instructing parents about the enrollment process will be sent home with students this week. Parents can also find more information about the program on the district’s Web site,

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