MPS expands Spring Break Academy: 3,000 students to participate in fun instruction over spring break

jinny-lind-elementary-05 mt 053014After a successful launch in 2014, Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is expanding its K-8 Spring Break Academy. This year 3,000 students at 25 sites will have the opportunity to focus on core subjects while also participating in enrichment opportunities that make learning exciting.

“Spring Break Academy was an outstanding experience for our students, which is why we expanded it this year,” said interim Superintendent Michael Goar. “Students came out of it with a fresh sense of self confidence. Teachers found it invigorating, and parents were pleased with the results.”

The goal of the K-8 Spring Break Academy is to accelerate academic progress for qualifying students and provide an engaging, educational experience during the school holiday, March 30-April 3. The academy is intended to help reduce the learning gap and accelerate academic outcomes for students. It is one of the ways MPS is redefining instructional time to ensure students have more quality time in the classroom.

jinny-lind-elementary-18 mt 053014Students also will participate in engaging activities provided by MPS Community Education.

A survey of participating teachers and students found that 96 percent of teachers felt the academy would accelerate student’s academic programs. Some 93 percent of parents said their children learned a lot in Spring Break Academy.

Students agreed with 85 percent saying the academy made learning fun and that they felt more motivated about learning and more confident about school.

Students must be Area Learning Center eligible to participate. School staff have contacted eligible students and families directly. Parents with questions should contact their student’s school.

Minneapolis Public Schools promises an inspirational education experience in a safe, welcoming environment for all diverse learners to acquire the tools and skills necessary to confidently engage in the global community.

March 5, 2015
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