Summer learning loss is an important topic in conversations about supporting student success. Summer programming designed to keep students prepared for the upcoming school year provides a great opportunity for enrichment. Evaluating the success of these programs can often be difficult because the programs can be short and require school-controlled data for evaluation.
The Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA), aka Summer Leap, is a regional consortium of eight summer program providers working toward the common goal of closing the achievement gap for local low-income students. They provide effective, evidence-based summer enrichment programs at no cost to students. The programs offer academic classes, physical education, and enrichment activities to prevent summer learning loss. Started in 2009, the initiative is serving just about 1,000 students in 2016.