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Students’ Skills Improve over the Summer

Congratulations to the students that participated in the Summer School program this year in Dayton!

Dayton Summer School was made possible through donations to the 1 Faith, 1 Hope, 1 Love campaign in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

The Dayton Summer School program completed its 10th year this past summer with 80 students participating. The program runs for 4 weeks and is designed to help struggling students in kindergarten through 7th grade maintain and increase their knowledge in Math and English/Language Arts over the summer break. Contributions from the One Faith, One Hope, One Love campaign provided $40,000 to help cover the cost to operate the program. Tuition cost for families is $100 for the first child and $50 for each additional child.

To help measure the program’s effectiveness, students are given a pre-assessment and a post-assessment. This year, 89% of the students demonstrated an improvement in Math and 83% improved in English/Language Arts. Breakfast and lunch are also provided daily, along with bus service from neighboring locations for students needing transportation.

The summer school program serves students from these Dayton Catholic schools:

Ascension School                                 Holy Angels School

Immaculate Conception School        St. Christopher School

Incarnation School                              St. Peter School

St. Helen School                                  St. Anthony School

Mother Brunner School                     St. Charles School

Our Lady of the Rosary School        St. Albert the Great School

St. Benedict School

“Many of our students live in struggling neighborhoods, so this program offers a healthy and productive environment for them to be a part of for a good portion of the summer,” said Lindsey Ropp who runs the program with Monica Haus. Both Ms. Ropp and Ms. Haus agree that the small class sizes, around 10 students per teacher, has a very positive impact on students’ overall growth and well-being. “In addition to helping academically, teachers can also focus on meeting the social and emotional needs of the children. They’re able to develop a healthy relationship where the students see them as role models,” said Ms. Haus.


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