Over 16,000 SFUSD Students Begin Summer Learning Programs

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San Francisco (June 17, 2024) - The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) has launched summer learning programs for more than 16,000 students – serving 5,000 more students than last summer – at more than 40 schools across San Francisco. Programs are presented in partnership with the City and various community-based organizations for students in grades PK-12. 

SFUSD recognizes the value in students continuing to learn and grow year-round. Providing access to quality programs during the summer allows students to continue on their paths to academic and life success. From internships, language and school transition programs and more, SFUSD offers a variety of ways that students will continue to excel. 

“Our students deserve access to quality education year-round,” SFUSD Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne said. “I am excited about how many students are utilizing our diverse offerings this summer. This increase in numbers shows how much the community is interested in programming that continues students’ growth.”

Highlights from summer learning programs include:

As part of SFUSD’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program, SFUSD ExCEL will offer the largest summer program to date for 2024 in partnership with 28 community based organizations who lead after school programs at SFUSD sites during the school year. Program curriculum will provide engaging, full-day summer experiences and meals for elementary and middle school students across SFUSD schools. 8,500 TK-8th students across 40+ school sites are participating.

Eight hundred high school students are participating in College and Career Readiness programs this summer. Students are interning with industry partners in a variety of sectors including healthcare, marketing, automotive, and education. High school students can also participate in the Summer Career Exploration Program (SCEP), which combines classroom learning with field study in construction, automotive, health, tech, and law. Students in the program will take a course through City College of San Francisco (CCSF) for college credit and receive a stipend.

This summer marks the 10 year anniversary of the Summer Academy for Integrated Language Learning (SAILL). SAILL is a five-week summer program dedicated to providing newcomer multilingual students an opportunity to earn additional high school credits, continue developing their English language skills, and receive specialized academic counseling. The SAILL program is an opportunity that allows students’ language skills and confidence to grow while earning credits in core humanities, math, and science towards graduation.

Two thousand two hundred students in grades 9-12 will participate in High School Credit Recovery (HSCR), which provides direct services to students to graduate high school with “a-g” course graduation requirements. HSCR students have the opportunity to participate with the School Year/Summer Youth Academic and Employment Program (SYAEP). SYAEP is a free 5-week, summer program designed to assist students enrolled in summer school. Students receive class support, college and career exposure, and opportunities to connect with peers and participate in team-building activities. Participants will earn an educational award of up to $599 dollars contingent on participation and the passing of their classes, and full participation in SYAEP.

Through the African American Achievement & Leadership Initiative (AAALI) office, around 50 middle and high school students are taking part in a six week summer program dedicated to academic success and student empowerment and leadership. Students take part in various programming that includes a CCSF course, academic enrichment, and community building.

Over 100 rising 9th grade students at Balboa High School are participating in Summer Bridge is a 5-week, in-person summer program designed to assist identified students with a smooth transition from middle to high school. Students will receive five elective credits and earn an educational award up to $500 dollars upon completion of the program.

Students within the AVID program are doing Dual Enrollment for the first time with City College of San Francisco with 30 students participating in Accelerated Geometry where a tutor is supporting student success for five weeks. The AVID program is an elective class that provides academic support for students who aspire to attend college.

The Early Education Department is offering year round PreK and Out-of-School Time (OST) services to sites for over 800 PreK and 1,300 OST students. 

Extended School Year (ESY) is serving 1700 students in PreK-Transition at 13 early education, elementary, middle and high school sites, and employing over 400 SFUSD educators and service providers. ESY is an extension of existing special education services, held during the summer recess, to assist a student in maintaining present levels of goals and objectives from their current Individualized Education Plan, or IEP.

In addition to learning programs, SFUSD is offering meals at no cost to all youth 18 and under in San Francisco. Access the full list of sites here