Summer school attracts record enrollment |

Summer school attracts record enrollment

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A record 950 students started summer school on Monday in the Roaring Fork School District.

For a second year, Summit 54 is bringing the Summer Advantage program to the valley in partnership with the RE-1 School District. Summit 54 has obtained additional funding to almost double this summer’s Summer Advantage program to 770 children in grades K-3 in Basalt and Carbondale and K-4 in Glenwood Springs. Additionally, RFSD is offering Summer Middle School, which also began Monday and has 200 students enrolled.

Summer Advantage, the five-week summer program, has a proven track record in helping scholars achieve a 3.7 months gain in reading and 1.7 months gain in math.

“Our scholars are growing, learning and having fun all at the same time. Many of our scholars last year say they wish the regular school year was this much fun,” said Marisol Henriquez, Basalt’s program manager for Summer Advantage. “When they get off the bus, they run into the school with big smiles on their faces.”

Also in its second year, the Summer Middle School program is being offered by RFSD at Carbondale Middle School and serves all three middle schools in the district. The RFSD high schools are offering summer school programs on a schedule determined by each building.

“We are just thrilled that we have so many of our students participating in this year’s summer learning opportunities,” said RFSD Superintendent Diana Sirko. “Learning does not stop in the summer and we want to take advantage of every chance we can get to advance our students’ skill levels and confidence in their own vision of themselves as learners.”

About Summit 54/Summer Advantage USA

Roaring Fork Valley residents Tony and Terri Caine founded Summit 54 to bring additional educational opportunities to children in Colorado, specifically those underserved. Summit 54 partners with local schools, administrators and community organizations to help identify programs that deliver high impact results with a strong return on investment.

Summit 54 was able to bring Summer Advantage USA to the valley thanks to a grant from the Mile High United Way Social Innovation Fund and contributions from many others. Summer Advantage USA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing children accelerated academic and enrichment opportunities over the summer months. This full-day summer learning program provides students with 25 additional days of research–based, academic and enrichment instruction.

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