The Summer Academic Program

Our Summer Academic Program is focused on helping children to prevent the summer learning slide and serving the working parent as well. This program is for students entering Kindergarten – 8th grade. The program runs from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Mondays – Fridays in the summer. Students focus on English Language Arts (ELA), math, fine arts and physical activity with the help of certified teachers, youth counselors, and volunteer tutors. Instructional time is from 8:00 – 3:30 pm each day, with a break for lunch. Teachers track each students’ progress daily to ensure quality programming. After an instructional time, students are able to participate in various enrichment activities and are also given an afternoon snack.

All of this is FREE to our families in the Kansas City School District. Our program is open to all students, regardless of family income. We try our best to accommodate all of our applicants. We do not turn any students away until our capacity has been met.

Summer Program Components


We hire certified teachers to work with our students on ELA skills. The curriculum is based on the Missouri Learning Standards and therefore, provide students a precursor to the skills, strategies,  and content they will explore during the next academic school year.


Math is essential to the education of our students. Certified teachers also work with our students each day using a curriculum modified for the grade level they teach.


All students have the opportunity to be exposed to fine arts programming throughout the summer program. Music, art class, and field trips to expose our students to the wonderful world of art.


Each student is provided with a nutritious lunch and snack each day. Students are also exposed to recreational activities in the afternoon. We keep our students healthy and active all summer long!


Field trips take place in the afternoon when instructional time is finished. Field trips provide an outlet of fun and a reward for the students’ hard work on ELA and math. Field Trips include activities such as visits to educational and entertainment locations around the city.

Learning to read better has been my favorite part of the summer because it makes me feel like an smarter, older kid.

CherishSummer Program Participant

I am a teacher and I cannot tell you how impressed I am with your program. So simple, yet so perfect.

BrookeLocal Teacher

One student’s grandma told me we have a bigger impact than we realize – that our volunteering means a lot to the families.

AndiSummer Program Volunteer

Evaluation of Our Curriculum

In 2007, with a generous grant from the Hall Family Foundation, we had Johns Hopkins University send in a team of Ph.D.’s to evaluate our ELA program. The evaluation showed that in the eight weeks the students were with us the average student gained one full academic year in reading! That result made us one of the top summer ELA programs in the country. This quality carries over into our After School Program as well. Click the link to read the Johns Hopkins Evaluation – Executive Summary.

For more information on how to enroll your student in Summer Academic Program, please call us at (816) 923-2997.

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