A critical component of preparing our students for success in preparatory high schools is our “eleventh month” of school. For four weeks each summer, our students travel each day to St. John’s Prep in Danvers where they continue their academic classes each morning while enjoying enrichment and recreational activities in the afternoons.Bellesini’s Summer Program prevents summer learning loss while allowing our students to continue to make academic gains, enjoy safe summer camp activities, and experience life on a prep school campus. And unlike other summer programs that work with students for a limited amount of time, the Bellesini Summer Program expands on the academic year as well as provides additional opportunities to enhance classroom learning.
Studies show that how students spend their summers accounts for a large part of the achievement gap between low income and middle class students, and makes a big difference in terms of high school track placement, high school completion, and college attendance. While middle income students continue to make academic gains during the summer by reading books, attending camps, and living in resource rich environments, low income students actually lose academic skills between June and September.
Goals of the Summer Program:
- keep students safe from the negative influences of the inner-city;
- provide a fun summer camp experience;
- prevent summer learning loss, which has been shown to be greater among low-income students;
- help students continue to make essential academic gains;
- expose students to life on a prep school campus;
- provide students with quality nutrition.