Frequently Asked Questions
The Summer Arts & Learning Academy is designed, led, and managed by Young Audiences/Arts for Learning for Baltimore City Public Schools. The free, 5-week program engages children from Title-1 Baltimore City elementary schools in a dynamic learning environment focused on literacy, math, and art exploration.
All students must meet the following three requirements:
- The student must currently be in Pre-K - 5th Grade (during the 2018 - 19 school year).
- The student must have a Baltimore City Public School Student ID number.
- The student must be considered a Title 1 student. See below for info on how to determine if your student is a Title 1 student:
a.) If your student attends one of the following schools, they are considered a Title 1 student and are eligible to attend.
Abbottston Elementary 0050
Academy for College and Career Exploration 0427
Afya Public Charter C 0337
Alexander Hamilton Elementary 0145
Arlington Elementary/Middle 0234
Armistead Gardens Elementary/Middle 0243
Arundel Elementary/Middle 0164
Baltimore Design School 0382
Barclay Elementary/Middle 0054
Bay-Brook Elementary/Middle 0124
Beechfield Elementary/Middle 0246
Belmont Elementary 0217
Booker T. Washington Middle 0130
Brehms Lane Public Charter School C 0231
Callaway Elementary 0251
Calverton Elementary/Middle 0075
Calvin M. Rodwell Elementary 0256
Cecil Elementary 0007
Charles Carroll Barrister Elementary 0034
Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle 0159
City Springs Elementary/Middle C 0008
Collington Square Elementary/Middle 0097
Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle 0027
ConneXions: A Community Based Arts School C 0325
Creative City Public Charter School C 0384
Cross Country Elementary/Middle 0247
Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle 0207
Dallas F. Nicholas, Sr., Elementary 0039
Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle 0201
Dorothy I. Height Elementary School 0061
Dr. Bernard Harris, Sr., Elementary 0250
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary/Middle 0254
Dr. Nathan A. Pitts-Ashburton Elementary/Middle 0058
Edgecombe Circle Elementary 0062
Edgewood Elementary 0067
Elmer A. Henderson: A Johns Hopkins Partnership School 0368
Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary 0011
Fallstaff Elementary/Middle 0241
Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle 0085
Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle 0076
Franklin Square Elementary/Middle 0095
Frederick Elementary C 0260
Furley Elementary 0206
Furman Templeton Preparatory Academy C 0125
Gardenville Elementary 0211
Garrett Heights Elementary/Middle 0212
George Washington Elementary 0022
Gilmor Elementary 0107
Glenmount Elementary/Middle 0235
Govans Elementary C 0213
Graceland Park/O'Donnell Heights Elementary/Middle 0240
Green Street Academy C 0377
Guilford Elementary/Middle 0214
Gwynns Falls Elementary 0060
Harford Heights Elementary 0037
Harlem Park Elementary/Middle 0035
Hazelwood Elementary/Middle 0210
Highlandtown Elementary/Middle 0215
Highlandtown Elementary/Middle 0237
Hilton Elementary 0021
Holabird Elementary/Middle 0229
James McHenry Elementary/Middle 0010
James Mosher Elementary 0144
John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle 0228
Johnston Square Elementary 0016
KIPP Academy C 0347
Lakeland Elementary/Middle 0012
Lakewood Elementary 0086
Leith Walk Elementary/Middle 0245
Liberty Elementary 0064
Lockerman Bundy Elementary 0261
Lyndhurst Elementary 0088
Maree G. Farring Elementary/Middle 0203
Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle 0053
Mary Ann Winterling Elementary at Bentalou 0150
Mary E. Rodman Elementary 0204
Matthew A. Henson Elementary 0029
Montebello Elementary/Middle 0044
Moravia Park Elementary 0105
Morrell Park Elementary/Middle 0220
Mount Royal Elementary/Middle 0066
New Song Academy 0322
North Bend Elementary/Middle 0081
Northwood Elementary 0242
Patterson Park Public Charter C 0327
Pimlico Elementary/Middle 0223
Robert W. Coleman Elementary 0142
Roots and Branches School C 0379
Rosemont Elementary/Middle C 0063
Sarah M. Roach Elementary 0073
Sinclair Lane Elementary 0248
Southwest Baltimore Charter C 0328
Stadium School 0015
Steuart Hill Academic Academy 0004
Tench Tilghman Elementary/Middle 0013
The Crossroads School C 0323
The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary 0122
Thomas Jefferson Elementary/Middle 0232
Vanguard Collegiate Middle 0374
Violetville Elementary/Middle 0226
Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle 0134
Waverly Elementary/Middle 0051
Westport Academy 0225
William Paca Elementary 0083
William Pinderhughes Elementary/Middle 0028
Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle 0087
Wolfe Street Academy C 0023
Yorkwood Elementary 0219
b.) If your student attends one of the following schools, they may or may not be considered a Title 1 student. Please still apply to the program and Young Audiences will confirm whether or not they are a Title 1 student.
Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys C 0375
Banneker Blake Academy of Arts and Sciences C 0357
Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy West 0364
Empowerment Academy N C 0262
Federal Hill Preparatory Academy 0045
Lillie May Carroll Jackson School C 0371
Monarch Academy Public Charter School C 0381
NACA Freedom and Democracy Academy II 0349
National Academy Foundation 0421
Northwood Appold Community Academy N C 0330
There is NO COST for the program. The program is FREE! Program hours are 8:30 AM–3:00 PM.
In general, transportation is not provided. You are responsible for getting your student to the program between 8:30–9:00 AM each day. Keep this in mind when requesting your preferred site on the application. We will be hosting the program at 8 different sites throughout the City, and you can choose the site that best fits your schedule. For Extended School Year (ESY) students, transportation may be provided. More on ESY students below.
Commodore, Dorothy I Height, Arundel, Wildwood, James McHenry, Pimlico, and Glenmount:
The program runs July 8th–August 9th, 2019, Monday–Friday from 8:30 AM–3:00 PM. Breakfast is served from 8:30–9:00 AM each morning and the program begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Consistent attendance is critical to student success! Each student may participate in two field trips, which take place during regular program hours. Students who miss more than three program days will lose their spot in the program and be replaced by a student on the waitlist. There is an optional aftercare program that runs until 6:00 PM each day.
The Gardenville site has received funding for a one-week extension of the SALA program! If your student is attending the Gardenville SALA site, the program will run Monday–Friday from 8:30 AM–3:00 PM for six weeks starting on Monday, July 1 and ending on Tuesday, August 13. On the week of July 1, the program runs on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday ONLY, 8:30 am–3:00 PM. Breakfast is served from 8:30–9:00 AM each morning and the program begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Consistent attendance is critical to student success! Each student may participate in two field trips, which take place during regular program hours. Students who miss more than three program days will lose their spot in the program and be replaced by a student on the waitlist. There is an optional aftercare program that runs until 6:00 PM each day.
Your student will have a chance to learn from the BEST teachers and teaching artists Maryland has to offer. By participating, your student has the opportunity to continue learning and growing in the summer months—developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, imagination, and creativity—during a time when many children fall behind. This experience serves to reinforce the knowledge gained during the school year and expose your student to new, inspirational, and exciting ways of learning through the arts. After 5 weeks of the Summer Arts & Learning Academy, students are ready and eager to progress during the next school year.
Pre-K – 2nd Grade Sample Schedule
9:00 Morning Meeting
9:30 Arts-Integrated Math Class
11:00 Lunch / Physical Activity
11:30 Arts-Integrated Literacy Class
1:30 Enrichment Exploration Class
*3:00–6:00 PM Optional Aftercare*
3rd – 5th Grade Sample Schedule
9:30 Arts-Integrated Math Class
11:00 Lunch / Physical Activity
11:30 Arts-Integrated Literacy Class
1:30 Enrichment Majors Class
*3:00–6:00 PM Optional Aftercare*
In addition to daily arts-integrated instruction in math and literacy (co-taught by a professional teaching artist and certified teacher), students will explore a variety of different afternoon enrichment options. Children in Pre-K through 2nd grade will participate in a total of five, one-week-long Exploration classes with a new enrichment beginning each week throughout the program. These classes can range from theatre, dance, and music to STEM and robotics.
Our older students in 3rd through 5th grade will participate in Majors classes. On the first day of Summer Arts & Learning Academy, students will attend a Majors fair to learn about all of the options available to them—with choices ranging from animation, filmmaking, hip-hop dance, ceramics, and music to robotics and athletics. Students will rank their top choices, attending one of their selected Majors classes every day for the first 2.5 weeks of the program, then switching to another Majors class for the final 2.5 weeks of the program.
Yes! There will be two field trips that take place during regular program hours. The field trips will include visits to Artscape (for our students in grades 3-5 who perform or showcase their artwork), Sandy Point State Park to explore the arts and nature together, and Clark's Elioak Farm (for students in PreK–2nd grade). Stay tuned for any location changes or additions as sites have the option to visit local cultural institutions (like Center Stage, the American Visionary Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, etc.).
Each class of 26 students is co-taught by a certified teacher and teaching artist together, and we maintain a ratio of at least 13 students for every one adult. Teachers and artists work together to present both academic and arts learning. Each school will also have two full-time directors on site, an office manager, and two dedicated student support staff. Additional staff includes Playworks coaches, artist apprentices who support afternoon instruction, and enrichment partners. Some sites may have additional staff supporting students in the ESY program, or staff from partner programs like Reading Partners.
Your student will learn math in a classroom that is uniquely tailored to their current level. The instruction may look different—they might be having so much fun they don’t even realize they’re doing math—but the curriculum goals are consistent with the school year. Math instruction is based on City Schools math curriculum, and specific content is identified for each grade level to ensure that students maintain what they have learned in math during the school year and return to school prepared to succeed in the fall.
Data from the program in Summer 2017 shows that 84% of students gained math knowledge within the program. Upon returning to school in fall, students in the SALA program lost significantly less ground on their i-Ready math assessment than other students in the district who did not attend the program.
Your student will be placed in an English language arts classroom that is uniquely tailored to their current reading and writing level. Young Audiences works with City Schools to identify the specific knowledge and skills at each grade level with which students tend to struggle. Instruction will be tailored to ensure students master that knowledge and those particular skills with a special focus on writing so that they return to school in the fall more prepared to succeed. Literacy instruction across all grade levels is based on a central text that all students are reading.
Data from the program in Summer 2017 shows that most students gained knowledge in reading and writing during the program which helped them perform better on standardized testing (i-Ready and Amplify) when they got back to school in the fall.
Since SALA is only five weeks long, attendance is critical! Students are expected to attend every day of the program, Monday–Friday, July 8–August 9. It is crucial that all students attend every day to fully participate in the creation of projects, performances, and artwork which will be on display at the end of the program.
Yes! We partner with Smart Steps Children’s Centers, a certified childcare program, to provide aftercare from 3:00 PM–6:00 PM each day. Your child may qualify for a voucher that would cover the cost of the program. Smart Steps will help determine if your child is eligible for a voucher.
There is a separate application to participate in aftercare. You will receive this information once you have been confirmed for the program.
- Appropriate, comfortable clothing for school, playing outside, and summer weather
- Clothing that is okay to get messy! Depending on the day, students may be painting, working with clay, etc.
- All undergarments should be covered.
- Closed toed shoes, we tend to break out into dance a lot!
Young Audiences works closely with Baltimore City Public Schools to provide as many accommodations as possible to support students with IEPs and 504 Plans. All teachers in the program are certified and trained in supporting the needs of all students with reasonable accommodations. Please feel free to speak directly with your student’s teacher at the start of the program if you would like to provide additional information or insight.
After completing the application, it will typically take 2-4 weeks to hear back from us regarding your student’s status. Students will be mailed an acceptance letter through USPS asking for a parent or guardian to call our office at 410-837-7577 ext. 124 to confirm that they will be accepting the spot. Spots are not confirmed until someone on our staff speaks directly with the parent/guardian.
It is essential that the Baltimore City Student ID Number be provided for each student when applying. A student cannot be accepted into the program until the student ID number is known. If a student ID number is not provided at the time of registration, it could take 2-4 additional weeks to confirm the student, and at that point, there may no longer be spots available.
There are two easy ways to locate your student’s ID number.
- Find it on your student’s report card. See example:
- Call your student’s home school during the school year and ask them for your student ID number.
We highly discourage bringing phones to the site. Cell phones are distracting not only for the student with the phone but also for the students around them. If a student MUST carry a phone, he/she is expected to keep it in their pocket or a bag at all times. No cell phones are allowed to be out during class time. Repeated violations may result in confiscation of the phone for the day or the loss of the privilege of bringing a phone to the program. Students may ultimately be removed from the program if persistent phone issues occur.