SLAM: A Safe and Enriching Summer Program
Scholars from all three Ascension Catholic Academy schools come together for Super 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 2018 included a boat ride on the Mississippi, a visit to Feed My Starving Children and attending a musical play.
“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. Our SLAM theme is ‘I know something GOOD about YOU,’ and we are intentional in helping our students grow in faith and self-confidence.”
Cost for the program in 2018 was $60 per scholar for all six weeks, which included breakfast, lunch, field trips, and extended-day program with snack.