March 2016 Newsletter:
This summer, New York City public school students across all five boroughs will be able to take classes in City schools, including students who are not required to attend summer school, thanks to the Department of Education’s (DOE) new Summer in the City (SITC) initiative.
SITC is a brand-new approach to summer school for students in grades 2-12, as it combines new curricula, college-level and STEM-oriented instruction, and educational visits to many of the City’s cultural institutions. SITC will run from July 7 through August 11 at over 300 sites in all five boroughs and will serve more than 150,000 students.
The SITC program, which will include both mandated (students who must complete summer school for grade promotion) and non-mandated students, seeks to address the many of the shortcomings that affect conventional summer school instruction by focusing on learning instead of remediation.
SITC programming will include :
► New curricula for students in grades 3-8 who are required to attend summer school at the end of the school year. Curricula will be research-based and focused on literacy, math, and STEM in ways that encourage rigorous and hands-on learning.
► Summer STEM enrichment program for non-mandated students. Originally introduced in summer 2015, this program will expand from 1,200 students to 4,200 students in grades 2-10. Instruction will be hands-on and high-quality, and the curricula will revolve around problem-based learning and include real-world concepts, such as infrastructure, energy, transportation, computing, and robotics.
► Enrichment programs for Renewal High School students in grades 9-12 who are currently on track to graduate. These programs will prepare these students for college-level work.
► Visits to the City’s cultural institutions for all SITC students. The DOE has partnered with institutions, such as the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the Whitney Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum, to provide SITC students with chances to explore the lessons and ideas they learn in school in exciting and non-traditional settings.
“Students need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills – especially during the summer months,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “Summer in the City will expose thousands of students to hands-on learning, STEM opportunities, and the City’s cultural institutions in accordance with our ongoing efforts to instill a love of learning and self-achievement among all our students.”
For the latest developments concerning the DOE’s SITC rollout for non-mandated students, please continue to check the DOE’s official SITC Website as we approach the end of the 2015-2016 school year.