PREVENT THE SUMMER SLIDE
Summer Academic Program
The story of our Summer Academic Program begins in 1999, as the result of a large focus group consisting of the predominant heads of household in the communities we support: single mothers.
In the program’s first summer, 250 students applied for our 90 available spots, indicating an immediate need to grow. Since then, we’ve expanded the program to serve over 1,500 students annually in partnership with the schools, community centers, and churches that serve as our sites.
Developed in accordance with Missouri Learning Standards, our Summer Academic Program is ideal for K-8 students and offers 11 hours per day of free programming for six weeks. Every site runs from 7:30am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, and has directors that provide curriculum oversight and manage operations.
We provide educational continuity and prevent the dreaded Summer Slide.
Our certified teachers provide a precursor to the skills, strategies, and content students will explore during the next academic school year.
We support academic engagement in a fun environment.
Along with our academic curriculum, we give our students access to enrichment activities that include field trips, lessons in art, music, and more.
We are accessible to working and low-income families alike.
With support from the state and partner schools, all Upper Room KC’s after-school programs are either free, subsidized, or low cost.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
English Language Arts (ELA) - Our certified teachers work with our students on listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Mathematics - As an essential aspect to the education of our students, our certified teachers work with students each day using a curriculum modified for the appropriate grade level.
Fine Arts - All students have the opportunity to be exposed to fine arts programming throughout the summer program. Music, art class, and field trips expose our students to the wonderful world of art.
Nutrition and Wellness - Students are exposed to recreational activities in the afternoon. We keep our students healthy and active all summer long!
Field Trips - 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 visits to educational and entertainment locations around the city.