Foundation ups funding for summer programs

We are pleased to announce that we will provide $55,872 to address critical transitions and milestones for k-12 students this summer.

Programs will focus on boosting skills and confidence among incoming kindergartners, 6th graders, 9th graders, and emerging bilingual high school students, in addition to providing the standard opportunities to meet high school graduation requirements.

This year’s budget for summer programs is $10,000 more than last year and programs are expected to serve nearly 500 students. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Up to 100 incoming kindergartners across the district will be invited to attend Kindergarten Academy, a three-week program for students who did not attend preschool or who are learning English for the first time.
  • Select incoming second, third, and fourth graders at Mountain View and Wilson Elementary Schools will have an opportunity to boost reading and math skills to combat the summer slide.
  • Up to 60 incoming sixth graders from both Linus Pauling and Cheldelin Middle Schools will be invited to attend a summer math camp located at Linus Pauling Middle School.
  • Incoming 9th graders who have opted to join AVID will be invited to a late August summer camp to jumpstart their high school experience.
  • Emerging bilingual students at Corvallis High School may opt to participate in camps designed to accelerate language acquisition.

Since 2013 the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation has pursued a strategic vision to help more Corvallis students stay on track for high school graduation. Since that time, graduation rates have climbed from 67.5 to over 80 percent, due in part to summer programs.

“Summer programs are truly an example of community partnership,” said CPSF Chair Bill Humphreys, Jr. “We’re pleased to be able to make these educational opportunities available to students.”

Families who are interested in learning more about programs at Corvallis public schools this summer should contact their school principals for further information.