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21st Century Summer School

Girls Using a ComputerNOTE: 21st Century Summer School is by invitation only.  The following information is for parents whose child has been invited to participate in the program.

The 21st Century Summer School is provided free of charge to students grades Kindergarten through 8th grade at specific Dysart District schools through a federally funded grant.  At-risk students identified by teachers and administrators are invited to attend the summer school.  

Academic enrichment at the 21st Century Summer School is aligned to the College and Career Ready Standards using cross-curricular connections to meet performance objectives.  Reading, math, and writing program activities are scientifically based practices that will help students meet academic standards.  Services to family members of participating students may include family literacy activities and other educational activities based on community needs.

The purpose of the federal grant is to establish 21st Century Community Learning Centers that provide at-risk students with opportunities for standards-based academic enrichment, personal enrichment, and other activities designed to complement the students’ regular academic program. The programs also engage adult family members of actively participating students through educational and personal development opportunities.

Summer school programs keep kids safe and improve students’ academic achievement by providing critical opportunities for youth to learn and grow.  21st Century Community Learning Center students who are involved in quality programming on a regular basis accomplish the following objectives:
  • Receive better grades
  • Exhibit improved behavior in and out of the classroom
  • Perform higher on standardized tests

This federal program helps serve children in high need schools through the implementation of academic programs. This program was previously administered by the U. S. Department of Education and has been transferred from the federal to the state level.  The Arizona Department of Education is accountable to the U.S. Dept. of Education for ensuring that all statutory requirements are met. The grants are awarded for a 5 (five) year time frame through an open competitive process.