We promise to instill in our students a belief in their abilities, an understanding of their potential for achievement, and a joyous spirit of optimism about the future.
Since 2011, GRSLA has . . .
hours of learning
students from our UPK programs into a K-8 program site
Summer Learning Loss Is Real
GRSLA aims to prevent summer learning loss. Throughout our six week programs,
certified teachers keep our students engaged in both reading and math. Why?
In the summer, learning opportunities for most students from low-income
households vanish. In comparison, many students who come from high-income
households find that the learning never stops. These students engage in camps,
sports, art activities, travel, and explore new places and ideas with engaged, caring adults.
These various opportunities provide students with approximately 216 learning hours during
their summer vacation.
Without these same opportunities a learning gap is created, and students from lower income
households begin to fall behind their peers. In these households, family members and other
caring adults are often unable to take time away from work, and quality time is limited. Camps
and trips to the museum are usually outside of the family budget, and students are not able to
experience new places or explore new concepts. These students miss out on opportunities to learn,
where they would otherwise be gaining new knowledge and putting the information
they gained during the school year to use. As a result, students not only learn less than their
peers over the summer, but also forget what they learned the previous year and have to relearn
it when they return to the classroom.
The learning gap continues to grow each year. A student who never takes part in a summer
learning program will have out missed out on 1080 hours of programming by the start of the 6th grade.
If these same students are not enrolled in after-school enrichment activities and not engaged with
reading and writing at home, they could receive up to 6000 less hours of learning than their peers.
GRSLA aims to break barriers caused by economic inequality, by providing students who are
most likely to experience summer learning loss with focused and exciting summer learning.
In our programs, students continue to engage with concepts from the previous school year and are
given the opportunity to explore new places and perspectives in their community.