With summer school behind Quincy School District (QSD), the district said that the new learning model used this summer is here to stay.
The District’s Summer school took place from June 28 to July 23 and focused on a more project-based, hands-on approach called STEAM; which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
QSD Summer school Director Whitney Gregg said that the most successful part of summer school this year was incorporating STEAM into its learning curriculum because it helped keep students and teachers more engaged and excited.
The STEAM curriculum allowed students to study specific topics and contents more, while working on their language, reading and math skills, Gregg said.
Teachers focused on implementing strategies that support language acquisition, which also made the content in summer learning more accessible to all students since not all students were on the same level in their knowledge of English and vocabulary.
This was the first year that the district opened summer school to any student, not just those needing to make up credits or at risk of not graduating from their grade level.
Superintendent of Quincy Schools John Boyd said that the district was happy with the learning model used this year and that he hoped that more students will take advantage of summer school in the future.
The district received about 450 total applications for summer school, with 385 total students attending throughout the four-week program. The highest attendance day had 315 students and the lowest had 257. Quincy Middle School averaged 51 students each day and K-5 classes averaged 232 students.
“By combining our Summer STEAM learning opportunities with our intervention support in a comprehensive summer program, we can serve a more diverse population of our students during the summer,” Gregg said. “We look forward to continuing to build on this model.”
The intervention classes worked to help prepare kids for the next year and further develop their academic skills, said Gregg.
These intervention classes carried about 8-10 students while the larger STEAM classes carried about 10-20 students.
Boyd said that the district aims to create the conditions to meet the emotional and physical needs of students at summer school.
Gregg also had high praise for the summer school staff.
“I was very impressed with the hard work and commitment from all the summer school staff. The atmosphere was very positive and engaging. Students and staff were very happy to be at summer learning!” Gregg said.