What is this program?
IBA’s Summer Learning Project is a 5-week summer academic enrichment program for English Learner (EL) students entering 2nd and 3rd grade in fall 2018. It is a project-based program with frequent community field trips that aims to develop language and literacy, while reversing summer learning loss in both ELA and Mathematics with 150 hours of extra instruction from an ESL-Certified Teacher.

When and where is the program?
The program is July 9-August 10, 2018, Monday through Friday, from 8:30am-2:45pm. There is no childcare before or after the program time. Students will not be allowed inside the building without staff supervision. The program location is: The Blackstone Innovation School, 380 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South End).

How much does the program cost?
The program is FREE!

Do you provide transportation?
No. We are unable to provide students with transportation to and from the Blackstone at this time.

Do you provide meals?
Yes. Students will receive free breakfast and lunch through BPS. Breakfast starts at 8:30am closes at 9am. Students arriving late will miss their free meal. Students will not be allowed inside the building without staff supervision before 8:30AM.

If I complete an application, does that mean my child is accepted into the program?
No. Completing the application is the first step in our registration process. Completed applications should be returned to your child’s school ASAP. The school will then add your child’s application to the program and let IBA know that you have applied. Once we receive your application, we will review your information. IBA’s Summer Learning Project is funded by Boston Public Schools Office of English Learners and can only accept students who are coded as English Learners. Our program is designed to help students to develop English language and literacy skills through our arts-integrated and project-based programming. Once applications are received, IBA staff will enroll eligible students on a first come first served basis. You will receive a call from staff in May or June confirming your child’s enrollment or waitlist status.

What if my child misses days during the program or we plan to go on vacation?
In order to offer this program free of charge, we partner with Boston After School & Beyond and Boston Public Schools. Their support is given to us based on student attendance. This means that students cannot miss more than 3 days of the program. If you know ahead of time days that your student will not be able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible. If your child’s attendance is a consistent issue, s/he will be asked to withdraw from the program so a student on the waitlist can attend in their place. 

Who can I call if I have questions?
For any questions, please feel free to call Shannon at 617-535-1731.

To Apply: Complete ALL attached forms and return to your child’s school before May 15, 2018