An innovative five week summer program offering coding and animation classes is aimed at closing the achievement gap in middle school.
200 students participated in the program offered by Building Educated Leaders for Life, at Davidson Middle School in San Rafael. The Boston educational nonprofit program known as BELL establishes a partnership with schools to help kids get up to grade level.
Students from poor families often have low math and English scores, and less access to preschool. At Davidson, the BELL program is administered by history teacher Tom Kordick. The purpose is to close the achievement gap, the difference in scores between children from low income homes and families with higher incomes.
“Research shows that a lack of learning opportunities outside of school, particularly a lack of summer learning, causes up to two-thirds of the academic achievement gap between low-income kids and their higher-income peers,” said Kris Murray, executive director of BELL in California.