By Jonathan Back, Dean of Students / Summer Program Director
It is widely accepted that many students lose knowledge and skills during summer vacation. Study after study has shown this to be the case, and that the losses in learning are far greater for students facing other challenges, ranging from economic challenges to learning difficulties.
According to one study, cited in Making Summer Count: How Summer Programs Can Boost Children’s Learning, “By the end of summer, students perform, on average one month behind where they left off in the spring.” For students with learning differences, however, the knowledge and skill reversals can be even more significa
nt, particularly as it regards the retention of learning strategies and processes that were practiced or mastered during the school year. Another study titled Closing the Summer Learning Gap for Vulnerable Learners looked specifically at students determined to be at-risk for reading difficulties. The study’s results clearly showed that student made significant gains throughout their five-week summer program, counteracting the summer learning loss expectancy.
The Janus School Summer Programs focus on stemming the reversal of academic and interpersonal skills frequently experienced by students with learning differences. We do this by providing academic, creative, and social learning opportunities that focus on identifying and meeting the needs of each learner. Our programs are diagnostic and experiential in nature and are provided in an environment that stresses the importance of using strategies and processes to improve educational outcomes.
Check back for future blog posts that will discuss our individual summer programs in more detail.