City of Fairfax Schools Provided Four City Schools over $80,000 for grants and innovative programs
Summer is usually a time for rest and relaxation for students and staff. In the City of Fairfax schools, it is a time for innovation, preparation and supporting students with the transition to a new school.
The City of Fairfax School Board provided the four city schools with almost $85,000 worth of grants to provide summer programing designed to support students transitioning to a new school and providing new opportunities for students in math and science.
Both elementary schools supported rising kindergartners with a program called “Bridge to Kindergarten”. The Bridge program is one week for students with little to no preschool experience. The week is filled with fun activities and exposure to the school to get a sense of what their day will look like. In addition to working with kindergartners, the two elementary schools offered 1-3 week programs named Young Scholars to support students who demonstrate academic potential and immerse them in math, science and technology learning. Over 120 students were able to take advantage of the Young Scholars summer programming. In addition, the schools provided Summer Extended Learning Time which supports students performing below grade level to strengthen reading and math skills and lessen the ‘summer slide’.
Lanier Middle School offered Honors Boot Camp for rising 7th and 8th grade students. This program worked with over 140 students for a week long morning session to boost fundamental math skills and prepare students for upcoming math courses. In the afternoon, almost 100 students took advantage of Innovation Camps where staff led three camps: Sports, Science Olympiad and Perseverance Camp. The students rotated through the three camps throughout the week. For new students and rising 7th graders, LMS provided Early Start, a week long camp to familiarize students with aspects of middle school and the Lanier facility all while making new friends.
Fairfax High School also offered a program to support new students transitioning to high school. “Survivor Fairfax” welcomed over 40 incoming 9th graders for a week to focus on academic skills, library research basics and learning all about their new building.
This is the 10th consecutive year the City of Fairfax School Board has provided summer learning financial support.