The mission of Sawyerville Summer Learning is to help close the achievement gap and prevent summer learning loss in Greensboro, Alabama. SSL will work toward this mission by hosting a multi-week summer learning program in which students will strengthen their literacy and math skills. Additionally, SSL is invested in helping students grow as scholars and citizens through participation in academic field trips, community engagement, and other enrichment opportunities.
15 students completed the four-week program
96 hours of instruction in reading, math, science, chess, swimming, and maker's space, an engineering program
Two field trips to Birmingham, AL where students visited the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Birmingham Zoo
Free breakfast and lunch served to every student every day
100% of students grew by at least one reading level
On average, students gained 3 months of learning in both reading and math
According to the U.S. Department of Education and The United Way of West Alabama, one in four Alabamians is functionally illiterate, unable to read, write, or use basic math and technology skills in everyday life.
According to the National Summer Learning Loss Association,
During the summer months, low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains.
More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college.
According to the 2016 Alabama Kids Count Data Book,
37.9.% of fourth-graders in Alabama are proficient in reading.
47.9% of fourth-graders in Alabama are proficient in math.
In Hale County, the average 11th grade ACT composite score is a 16.
Teach at SSL
Do you know how to administer a running reading record? We need teachers to help us track our students' progress over the course of the summer. Let us know if you can help!