Cascade Heights Public Charter School

Letter from the Front

Dear Falcon Families,

In case you are wondering why CHPCS offers summer camps and promotes programs like Saturday Academy, there is a good reason. CHPCS summer camps, SA, and other programs like them promote education of the whole child and foster individual curiosity and talent. It is noteworthy that SA offers scholarships.

Sometimes children have hidden talents or interests that no one (including them) necessarily knows are there until the right opportunity comes along. Summer camps and after school activities offer opportunities for those "ah-ha! moments."

Research reveals that much of the achievement gap between economically disadvantaged and advantaged teens can be explained by summer learning loss during the elementary school years. There is a growing body of data to suggest that summer camps help counter-act “summer slump.”

Summer camps and after school activities offer enrichment that research also attributes as a factor in achievement disparity.

A little data to back up those sentiments:

“Children and youth who reside in economically disadvantaged households and who live in low resource, urban neighborhoods are more likely to lose ground in reading over the summer than their middle- and upper-income peers. … Summer learning programs are an important strategy for “narrowing the gap”.*

“(A recent) study of 3,395 families whose child attended one of 90 day or residential summer camps for at least one week found improvements from pre-test to post-test in positive identity, social skills, physical and thinking skills, and positive values and spirituality.”*

We are careful about which community services we bring to your attention. These classes and camps are a wonderful opportunity for children that we hope all of you will access.

Sincerely,

Holly Denman
Founding Director

* Effective and Promising Summer Learning Programs and Approaches for Economically-Disadvantaged Children and Youth. http://www.wallacefoundation.org/knowledge-center/summer-and-extended-learning-time/summer-learning/Documents/Effective-and-Promising-Summer-Learning-Programs.pdf


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