The BELL Summer Experience
The BELL Summer program is a full-day learning experience that combines rigorous academic instruction with fun and hands-on enrichment activities, field trips, and service projects. The program is designed to help scholars gain new academic skills and prepare to enter school in the fall ready to excel. BELL's team works closely with school and district partners to align teaching and learning with local priorities.
A day at BELL Summer starts with a healthy breakfast and community-building events. Scholars then transition into classrooms, where certified teachers and trained teachers' assistants lead small-group instruction in literacy and math. BELL's staff use research-based curricula aligned to Common Core standards, and apply data from standardized diagnostic tests and skills-based quizzes to target instruction on scholars' unique learning needs.
After lunch, scholars rotate through a series of enrichment courses with themes including STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), creative arts, and health & exercise. Examples of courses include robotics, digital music production, creative writing, drama, tennis, character development, and financial literacy.
Fridays in BELL Summer are "Mentor Fridays," which include an array of field trips to a local museum, universities, parks, or other fun destinations, as well as guest speakers and community service projects.
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|Hours per Day|
6.5 - 8
Days per Week
|Weeks per Summer|
5 - 6
|Total Hours of Learning|
Up to 240
|Scholars Served, 2012|
Grade-equivalent Gains Grade-equivalent gains are an important indicator of student success in the summer because they provide an absolute measure of growth about how much a student has progressed up the proficiency ladder at a time when most children are not engaged in structured learning activities., Reading
|Grade-equivalent Gains Grade-equivalent gains are an important indicator of student success in the summer because they provide an absolute measure of growth about how much a student has progressed up the proficiency ladder at a time when most children are not engaged in structured learning activities.,|