One school district has found that an extended school year program jump starts kids for back to school readiness.

Extended School Year Program Jump Starts Kids for Back to SchoolAt Deseret View Elementary School, Students spent part of their summer in the K-3 Plus extended school program. This offers them an additional 36 days of classroom time focused specifically on literacy and math. The kids have fun with it, as it is not all work and no play. .

“Right when the school year ended, I wanted to come right back,” said second-grader Madison Villella.

“It’s very fun — we do projects, we paint, we do math games,” chimed in  third-grader Manuel Rodriguez.

It’s not all in class instruction time. Enrichment is included as well. Students benefitted from outreach programs such as Zoo to You, Opera Unlimited, bilingual storytelling, and a visit from a local beekeeper.

“Sometimes we get to watch a video if we’re good,” said Madison.

High school students from the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus Upward Bound program participate twice a week, preparing lesson plans based on Common Core Standards.

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