The summer break that for most affluent children offers exposure to continuous learning can become, for low-income students, a time of lost opportunity. Research shows that all students experience some learning loss in mathematics between June and August; but, unlike their more advantaged peers who make slight gains in reading, low-income students lose on average three months of proficiency if not exposed to enriching activities during summer.


There is excitement, pride and a feeling of a new beginning among students, parents, educators and the general community at the recently rebuilt Evans High School in Pine Hills, a neighborhood just west of Orlando in Orange County, Florida. The building is in fact a visual metaphor for this “new day” at the home of the “Trojans,” as the students call themselves.

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A team from Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative (SEPC) and South Philadelphia High School (SPHS) attended a study visit at the Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus on August 7, 2013.

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Getting to Work on Summber Learning: Recommended Practices for Success by Catherine H. Augustine, Jennifer Sloan McCombs, Heather L. Schwartz and Laura Zakaras. This report offers guidance to leaders who are interested in launching summer learning programs or improving programs that are already established.