The Lincoln County R-III School District is launching a summer enrichment program focused on math for kindergarten students through Algebra 2. The Summer Math Academy is a three-week, half-day program of interactive math from June 3 – June 26. Students will attend Monday – Thursday.
The program will provide transportation. Brunch and afternoon latchkey services will be available daily for a small cost. Assistant Superintendent Todd Culbertson said the district has crunched the numbers to make hosting a Summer Math Academy not only possible, but also cost-neutral. He believes students will benefit from continuing the school year.
“Research indicates that summer learning loss is a phenomenon and is greater in the subject of math. Our new Summer Math Academy will not only prepare students for a shift in content outlined by the Missouri Learning Standards, but also give them the opportunity to experience math in real world applications,” he said.
The Summer Math Academy will also offer students an attendance incentive. Culbertson said students attending 90 percent or more can earn a 7-inch Droid Tablet.
This is the first time in five years that the Lincoln County R-III School District has offered a full summer school for all grades and all students. Due to a state budget crisis, the R-III District eliminated incentive-based summer school in 2009. In 2010, amidst more state budget cuts, the district completely eliminated K-8 summer school. During the past four years, the district has only offered credit recovery and extended school year for students with special needs.
Summer Math Academy enrollment forms can be found under “Families” on the district’s website – www.troy.k12.mo.us. K-8 Summer Math Academy students will begin at 7:30 and attend until 12 p.m. Students in 9-12 will attend 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Deadline for enrollment is May 1, 2014.