Pasadena, CA --- As the school year winds down in the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), there are a number of opportunities for students to continue their learning and stay active during the summer months. The last day of school for students in the 2012-2013 academic year is Thursday, June 6.
"Although traditional summer school provided by the district has been eliminated due to funding cuts, organizations in the community have come together to offer learning and recreation opportunities for PUSD students," said Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. "Participating in summer learning and enrichment activities can help narrow the achievement gap for students. I encourage all PUSD families to take advantage of all of the opportunities available to students in the community this summer."
PUSD only offers a limited summer school program for credit recovery because of ongoing budget cuts. Fortunately, community and governmental organizations have stepped up to provide learning and recreational activities for students:
- Pasadena LEARNs offers five weeks of summer academics and enrichment activities from June 11-July 12. The program is free Monday - Thursday for all PUSD students who attend a school that has a LEARNs afterschool program. Visit www.gopusd.com/learns or call (626) 396-3614 for more information.
- The Pasadena Educational Foundation is once again offering its popular Summer Enrichment Program to K-8 and high school students, with classes ranging from Creative Writing to Chess. High school credit classes are also available. Registration is open and classes are filling up fast, so visit www.pasedfoundation.org/summer or call (626) 396-3625 to enroll.
- The City of Pasadena offers a variety of summer day camps June 17-August 19. Registration is now under way. For more information, please contact the City of Pasadena Recreation Office at (626) 744-7500 or visit http://www.ci.pasadena.ca.us/HumanServices/Summer_Day_Camps/.
- El Centro de Accion Social offers Summer School in the Park for kindergarten through 12th grade students June 24-July 26. For more information call (626) 792-3148 or go to www.elcentropasadena.org.
- Neighbors Acting Together Helping All (NATHA) offers its Community of Organized Learners Academy (COOL) for K-6 grade students in two sessions starting June 17. COOL academy provides science, math and language enrichment activities, field trips and more. Each three week session is 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and costs $25 per child. Space is limited. For more information, contact NATHA at (626) 794-8889 or visit natharebuilds.org/cool-summer-program.
- The SKILLZ collaborative provides summer school for incoming 9th and 10th grade students who are at academic risk. With the Flintridge Center as the lead agency, the collaborative is composed of nonprofit organizations including PUSD, the city of Pasadena, Day One and the Lake Avenue Community Foundation. The program provides students with life skills training in the morning and pre-algebra and credit recovery A-G academic classes in algebra 1 and English 1 during the afternoon. For more information, contact the Flintridge Center at (626) 786-2341 or www.flintridge.org.
- The City of Sierra Madre (www.cityofsierramadre.com) and Altadena parks (www.lacounty.org) and libraries (www.altadenalibrary.org/) offer activities and resources for youth this summer.
The first day of school for students in the 2013-1014 academic year is Wednesday, August 14.