The Importance of
Summer Activity

If you are unfamiliar with Summer Learning Loss, it is a well documented occurrence in students during extended periods of time away from academic activity. Summer learning loss can create difficulty and increase achievement gaps between students, making success harder the following year.
 
The best way to prevent summer reading loss is to stay involved in academic activity during the summer.
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Expected Academic Involvement

One of the biggest areas of summer learning loss that affects nearly every academic area is a student's reading ability. As such, continuing to read over the summer is an extremely important activity. Every year, SBISD releases a summer reading list. Students are expected to read at least two titles from these lists during summer vacation. Students in advanced high school classes, such as IB Diploma English, may be expected to read other titles during summer vacation. Go to Summer Reading >>
 
Literacy and reading may be one of the most focused areas of summer academic programs in the US, however, summer learning loss is seen in all areas of academics. Keeping up in math skills is also important, especially in the accelerated math program our middle school students participate in. The math practice packets provided will aid in retention of math skills, and are expected for WAIS students. Go to Summer Math Packets >>



 

Additional Academic Opportunities

SBISD is hosting a Code Camp this summer targeting students in grades 4-8. Coding and computer science is becoming an increasingly important and desired skill in today's economy. Many other countries around the world are including coding and computer science into their national curriculums starting in elementary school. To stay competitive in an increasingly global world, it is important for our students to have similar opportunities. Go to SBISD's Code Camp >>

WAIS is hosting a Robotics Camp this summer targeting students in grades 6-12. Robotics are used in a variety of fields around the world, and concepts of mechanical design and engineering and programming span even further, and are of increasing importance every year. Challenges vary in difficulty, so both beginners and veterans will be able to set challenging goals for their robot. Register for Robotics Camp >>
 
SBISD offers a variety of summer school courses, both for credit recovery, but also for original credit. Summer school can be utilized to free up space in students schedule for the following years in high school, or just a way to stay academically active through vacation. Go to SBISD's Summer School Program >>



Offerings from Local Universities
Many local universities offer summer programs for children in a variety of academic areas. See offerings from Houston Baptist University, Rice University, University of Houston, and University of Houston Downtown.

 

Offerings from Apple & Microsoft

Apple and Microsoft are also offering camps for young children over the summer. Apple offers courses for sutdent from 8-12, and Microsoft from 8-13. Apple has several locations in and around Houston, Microsoft currently only has the Galleria location, but will eventually have a Woodlands location as well. Both companies require signing up in advance. See Apple's offeringsSee Microsoft's offerings

 
City of Houston's Summer of Learning

The City of Houston's official website also has a variety of resources to keep students active and learning during the summer. See the City of Houston's Summer of Learning Webpage

 
Free Online Learning
If you can't get to a physical program, you don't have to miss out on all learning available. More and more online programs with quality content are readily available in a wide variety of interests. Many online learning environments are at a high level, and may not be beneficial for younger students. Younger students can beneift from some of the lower level content from Khan Academy. See offerings from Khan Academy, CourseraCanvas, and FutureLearn.

 

For younger students

The SBISD Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum, housed on the WAIS campus offers an art based summer program for students age 4-11 at a very affordable rate. Students can attend just a day or two, or all six days spread across two weeks. Go to AYAM's >>
 
In addition to SBISD's middle school level code camp, SBISD will also host a level aimed for 4th and 5th graders. Many other countries around the world are including coding and computer science into their national curriculums starting in elementary school. To stay competitive in an increasingly global world, it is important for our students to have similar opportunities. Go to SBISD's Code Camp >>
 
Offerings from Apple & Microsoft
Apple and Microsoft are also offering camps for young children over the summer. Apple offers courses for sutdent from 8-12, and Microsoft from 8-13. Apple has several locations in and around Houston, Microsoft currently only has the Galleria location, but will eventually have a Woodlands location as well. Both companies require signing up in advance. See Apple's offerings. See Microsoft's offerings.