A new report shows that Los Angeles’ public school summer learning program, LA’s BEST, helps prevent summer learning loss and boosts students’ academic and social skills.
Research shows that students who lack access to summer learning opportunities risk losing skills and knowledge during the summer break, and it can set them back academically. A lack of summer opportunities can also lead to inactivity and weight gain, and contributes to increased student drop out rates.
The study, titled “Summer Matters: How Summer Learning Strengthens Students’ Success”, is the first analysis in California examining improvements in students who attend summer learning programs. The report evaluated students taking part in LA’s BEST’s summer learning program, as well as programs in Sacramento and Fresno. It revealed that all three of the programs substantially increased students’ academic and social skills, and improved their work habits and confidence.
Los Angeles-area students who participated in the summer learning programs improved their vocabulary skills, and the programs enhanced the effectiveness of their academic work attitudes, habits and abilities. The programs also boosted their confidence and interest in reading. The students benefited from new experiences and opportunities such as field trips and community service projects. The programs also increased students’ overall interest in school and their readiness to learn.
Additionally, the programs helped enhance students’ social skills and relationships with educators and fellow students; strengthened their ability to make new friends and get along with other children; and helped them make a smoother transition from elementary to middle school. For information on the report, visit summermatters2you.net.
LA’s BEST holds a variety of summer enrichment programs at campuses throughout Los Angeles. For information, visit www.lasbest.org.