Metro schools launch promising scholars summer learning program

Dr. Adrienne Battle

Starting June 7, Metro Nashville Public Schools will offer no-cost summer learning at nearly 70 school sites around Nashville and Davidson County for students who will be entering grades K-12 in August. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation will be provided, and some sites will offer before- and after-care.

“It has been nearly a year since MNPS and schools across the country had to close due the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted so much of our normal way of life, and many of our students have been learning virtually for much or all of the year,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, director of schools. “We want to give those students who may have seen their academic progress slow down, or who just want the chance to have more face-to-face learning time, the opportunity to catch up this summer.”

Each site will offer a mix of classroom learning; science, technology, and art activities; physical activity, and other fun experiences, with a full-day schedule for rising first- through eighth-graders and a half-day for rising ninth- through 12th-graders, with unique programming being designed for those students entering kindergarten in the fall.

Student work will not be graded, but students will have an opportunity to get caught up academically before the 2021-22 school year begins. High school students will have some credit recovery options as well as college and career readiness opportunities, while the half-day schedule for their sessions will still allow time for summer jobs.

Registration is optional and will open on March 22. All MNPS families may apply, but by state law, priority students who meet the state definition for needing academic support the most or are economically disadvantaged will be considered first. Those students who don’t meet the definition will be considered after the first group of students are placed, though we anticipate there will be seats available for all students whose families choose this option.

MNPS will leverage funding provided by the state of Tennessee for the required summer programs for students who will be entering grades one through eight in the fall, while supplementing with federal ESSER 2.0 funding to extend offerings students in grades 9-12 and those registering for kindergarten in the upcoming school year.

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