EL Summer Academy
West Haven School District
Grade level/Age Range of Students in Program: Students entering grades 1 through 12 in the Fall
Primary Student Needs Program is Designed to Address
The primary need the program is designed to address is students oral language proficiency. Secondary goals are Reading and Writing development.
The program runs from 9am to 1pm June 20 through July 1. Breakfast and lunch are served, and transportation is provided. 197 students are enrolled this summer. This is roughly double last years enrollment. Most students go the Community Collaborative Camp after leaving the program. This camp is focused on recreational activities. This camp runs for 5 weeks.
Staff Selection/Recruitment Procedures
Positions in the program are posted and any EL or classroom teacher may apply. Final selection is at the discretion of the Director. Each classroom is staffed with an EL teacher, an EL paraprofessionsl, and a Literacy support person. Class sizes run from 10 to 14 students. In addition, there is an on-site Director, a nurse, a secretary, a social worker and two outreach workers.
Student Selection/Recruitment Procedures
The program is open to any student enrolled in the EL program during the school year. A predetermined number of spots in the program are allocated to each school. The EL team in each school communicates regularly and often with parents to let them know about the program and encourage attendance. The primary method of communication is telephone. This year approximately one third of eligible students are attending.
Maria Burton, Director of EL Summer Academy | Maria.burton@WHschools.org