Norwalk School District
Grade level/Age Range of Students in Program: Students who have completed K-8 (“rising” 1st- 9th graders)
Primary Student Needs Program is Designed to Address
NPS Summer Academy provides learning experiences that build knowledge, increase reading and math proficiency, support artistic exploration, nurture social emotional development, and get children moving outdoors in games and play. A key component of the Summer Academy is the inquiry based science experiences delivered though a partnership between NPS teachers and Maritime Aquarium personnel. Personnel from the Maritime Aquarium teach students at the Aquarium, through a research vessel on the Long Island Sound, and at NPS elementary and middle schools – along with NPS teachers. Animal-focused programs are led by Aquarium educators and serve as content that motivates daily lessons in math, literacy and arts, led by NPS teachers.
Location of the Program
Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT, 06854
In addition to multiple visits to the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium, Summer Academy programs are located at NPS - Brookside Elementary, Kendall College and Career Academy, Marvin Elementary, Naramake Elementary, Pontus Ridge STEAM Academy, Rowayton Elementary, and Tracy Magnet School.
Summer Academy runs from July 5 through August 5. Summer Academy Schools Hours are: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm or 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Bus transportation is provided – as are breakfast and lunch
Community Partner: Maritime Aquarium – facilities and personnel
Staff Selection/Recruitment Procedures
Staff recruitment for the Summer Academy begins in earnest, every year, in January. The majority of Summer Academy teachers are from the NPS. Compensation for teachers is determined by the district’s collective bargaining agreement. Para-educators are also recruited from the NPS and are an integral part of the program.
Student Selection/Recruitment Procedures
As a Priority School District the NPS operates within Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) Guidelines. The student eligibility/invitation process for Summer Academy includes:
Achievement in K-3 through DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills)
Achievement in grades 4-6 through NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association)
Overall achievement in grades 7-8
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