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For four weeks in July, Project ALERTA’s summer program offers students the opportunity to experience a full range of activities at our University of Massachusetts Boston campus while receiving intensive academic instruction. Boston Public School teachers and teaching assistants work with 50-60 students from all over Boston and the surrounding towns.
The teachers begin meeting in the spring to develop an innovative project-based theme that they implement over the summer and can then take back to their classrooms in the fall for the afterschool program, if they wish.
Program Dates for Summer 2013: July 1st - 26th, 2013
Summer ALERTA, like the school year program, attracts motivated, inquisitive students who are seeking a like-minded peer group. Peer influence can be extremely strong among elementary-aged students. During the summer months, when students often lack adult supervision, negative peer influence can be particularly powerful.
Project ALERTA not only gives students a valuable learning experience during the summer but also exposes them to positive, responsible peers. What sets Project ALERTA apart from other elementary summer learning programs is the access that students have to a wealth of university resources and facilities. Project ALERTA gives students experiences that allow them to envision their future as college students.
Summer ALERTA has two main goals:
1) To mitigate “summer learning loss,” the phenomenon in which students lose up to three months of knowledge
and skills during the summer.
2) To increase the number of Latino students and English Language Learners applying and gaining admission to
one of Boston’s three select academic high schools referred to as the “exam schools.”
Summer ALERTA has three requirements:
1) Student must be Latino or an English language learner.
2) Student must be currently in grades 3-5 (so going into 4th, 5th, and 6th grade in September 2013).
3) Student must love to learn and be motivated to take on new challenges!
When is it?
The summer program runs five days a week, from 9am to 2pm for four weeks in July, for a total of 100 program hours.
Where is it?
Our campus here at the University of Massachusetts Boston
What kind of transportation is available?
Unfortunately, we cannot provide transportation. Parents/guardians are responsible for their children's transportation.
UMass Boston is accessible by the red line (JFK/UMass stop) or the bus numbers 8, 16, or 41.
There is a free shuttle bus that leaves the JFK/UMass stop and drops people off right in front of the UMass Boston Campus center. This shuttle bus runs every 4 minutes. We can also help you find a family with whom you can carpool.
How much does it cost?
$100 per student. Payment will be due before the start of the program. Call for information on scholarships and sibling discounts.
Is lunch provided?
Bagged lunches will be available for an additional fee of $30 for the month. If your child does not participate in the lunch program, he or she must bring his/her own lunch each day. Students will not be able to purchase food on campus.
What does each day look like?
Each summer program day includes three main elements:
1) An interdisciplinary lesson and/or project related to the summer’s theme
2) A team-building focused lunch and recess period
3) A skills-building lesson in reading, writing, or math, which aims to prevent summer learning loss in our
***Students will also take 3-4 fun and interesting field trips related to the summer theme they are learning about.
How does the program fulfill its two main objectives described above?
- To fulfill the first objective, Summer ALERTA prepares interested 5th grade students going into 6th grade in September 2013 for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), which is required for admission to the exam schools.
- To fulfill the second objective, Summer ALERTA aims to help students sharpen their academic skills, develop leadership skills, raise their self-esteem, and nurture positive attitudes toward school, learning, and high academic achievement.