This week, most of the Newark Public Schools Summer Programs came to a close. In 2022, 20,000 Newark students from prekindergarten to high school seniors had access to one or more of the District’s Summer Programs. The Summer Programs were tailored to age, ability, and interest to create a memorable and positive learning experience.
Earlier this year, Superintendent Roger León said the district was committed to redefining summer programming. “We wanted to continue our efforts to accelerate summer program offerings to be innovative, make it motivational, and create excitement for the upcoming academic year. We accomplished that and a whole lot more.”
Students with a range of exceptionalities accessed specialized individual programs for autism, medically-involved multiple disabilities, and auditory, emotional regulation, and cognitive impairments. High school students who requested additional academic support participated in credit recovery programming and accelerated courses in Geometry, Algebra, Spanish, French, and US History II. English Plus programs were also available to English Language Learners of all ages through the Newcomer Summer Program.
In jump-starting the 2022-2023 school year, students participated in Circuit Acceleration Summer Programs by Novartis, Summer STEM Academy, Newark Educational Technology Summer Camp, or the College & Career Readiness Institute.
Newark Public School’s Summer Programming also catered to vocational interests. The Career and Technical Education Summer Future Business Leaders Program offered Central Office, Carpentry, Cinematography, Cosmetology, Culinary, Graphic Design, Music Technology, and Teacher Education work-based learning programs. The High School Academy’s Summer Jump-Start also offered Law & Public Safety, Visual & Performing Arts, Environmental Students, Dental, Teacher, Engineering, Allied Health, and Business & Finance Academies.
Student Artists and athletes honed their skills in the Summer Visual & Performing Arts Academy, High School Musical Theater, and the High School Visual Arts Academy’s Culture Creators. Elementary-aged Cheerleading, Football, Track, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Volleyball, and Wrestling Camps were also available to Newark’s current and future all-stars.
Board President Haynes stated, “We are excited for our students, their families, and the upcoming school year. The innovative 2022 Summer Programs are a sign of great things we are doing now and the planning of even greater things to come.”