June 12, 2013 Updated: June 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm
A new summer enrichment program in Harrison School District 2 intends to give middle school students a jump start for the fall.
Parents Challenge, a program of the Schuck Family Foundation in Colorado Springs, will host a Summer Academic and Recreation Enrichment Program June 17-July 26 at Sierra High School, 2250 Jet Wing Drive.
The program is open to D-2 middle-schoolers and students from other districts.
There will be two information sessions for parents: 12:30 p.m. Thursday and again at 3 p.m. on Friday. Both will be held at Sierra High School.
"An incredible opportunity," is what Teresa Lance, secondary school leadership officer for middle and high schools in D-2, calls the program.
"It's pretty exciting," she said. "We have traditional summer school for K-12, Pathways to College programs in a partnership with Pikes Peak Community College, and this is another opportunity we can extend to students."
Two other sponsors are making the course possible: the Pikes Peak YMCA's southeast location and Reach for Tomorrow, a national nonprofit organization that runs various programs for at-risk students.
Students entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades in the fall only pay $10 for the entire five-week session, which includes transportation, breakfast and lunch and computer facilities.
The program will feature online instruction for math, reading and language arts. After lunch, students will walk to the nearby Southeast YMCA and learn about the Constitution, then do aquatics and other recreational activities. It will run from 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. There will be no classes the week of July 1-5.
"Our superintendent, Andre Spencer, who came on board in January, has a vision that 90 percent of students will graduate high school being college and career ready by 2017. Many of our students have the skill set but haven't tapped into it. That's what we'll do," Lance said.
Past data shows a nearly two-year improvement in math and a one- to two-year improvement in reading skills for students, according to Reach for Tomorrow.
For more information on the program, call Lance at 313-3527.