Summer Arts & Learning Academy
Summer Arts & Learning Academy
The Summer Arts & Learning Academy, Baltimore City Public School’s elementary grades summer program operated by Young Audiences, gives students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend their summer learning from the best teachers and professional teaching artists our state has to offer—all while having fun!
The FREE full-day, five-week* program is an action-packed, highly engaging summer learning experience for Title I City Schools students currently in grades PreK–5.
Students explore math and literacy in a unique arts-integrated environment that prevents summer learning loss, allows them to develop socially and emotionally, and expands their personal creative process. After summer, students who attend most of the program come back to school ahead of their peers in math and reading!
Applications for the 2020 Academy will open in late February!
Aftercare: 3:00 pm–6:00 pm daily
Smart Steps Children’s Centers will be on-site to provide aftercare for Academy students. Your child may qualify for a voucher that would reduce the cost of the program. Read our FAQ to learn more.
Athletics, Reading Tutoring, and more!
The Academy also includes opportunities for our students to participate in athletics with Morgan State University and one-on-one reading tutoring with Reading Partners. These expanded offerings will be available to all students, with opportunities to participate in sports, to learn to code, and to have one-on-one literacy tutoring.
July 6–August 7, 2020
8:30 am–3:00 pm
Free breakfast and lunch served each day.
2020 Academy Locations
Arundel Elementary/Middle (PreK–3rd grade only)
Dorothy I. Height Elementary
Gardenville Elementary (six-week program*)
Graceland Park/O’Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle
James McHenry Elementary
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About the Academy
The Summer Arts & Learning Academy is designed, led, and managed by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning for Baltimore City Public Schools. Now entering its 6th year, this free, 5-week program engages elementary grade students from Title-1 Baltimore City schools in a dynamic learning environment focused on literacy, math, and arts exploration. Students participate directly with teaching artists working in a variety of mediums, including:
painting, songwriting, acting, dance, slam poetry, illustration, drumming, ceramics, mixed media visual arts, photography, playwriting, percussion, hip hop music, filmmaking, African dance, spoken word, flamenco dance, storytelling and more!
Daily literacy and math classes are co-taught by an academic teacher and professional teaching artist allowing students to experience reading, writing, and math like never before: through the arts! Students might find themselves writing songs to summarize main ideas in a story or creating dance sequences to remember the steps in solving math word problems.
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