Scholars from all four Ascension Catholic Academy schools come together for Summer Language and Math, a six-week program aimed at combating summer slide and providing a safe, enriching experience for scholars and peace of mind for their families.
Many Ascension scholars from grades K-8 attend the program, which is held on the campus of Ascension Catholic School in north Minneapolis.
SLAM offers scholars a chance to grow academically and socially in the summer, with an emphasis on closing the summer learning gap. It offers rich programming in a safe, caring and faith-based environment. There are classes ranging from remedial to gifted and talented — and everything in-between. Scholars are grouped according to ability, and they wear corresponding shirt colors. Scholars range in age from entering kindergarten through 8th grade.
Every Friday is field trip day. These are planned to provide experiential learning and service. Trips in 2021 included a boat ride on the Mississippi, a visit to a climbing wall and a day at a park.
“SLAM allows parents to breathe easier knowing their kids are in a safe, faith-filled and loving environment,” said Patrick Exner, Director of Instructional Leadership at Ascension Catholic Academy. “Beyond academic growth, we also care deeply about and invest in the development of the whole child. We are intentional in helping our students grow in faith and self-confidence.”