Summer Programs

For summer 2021, Affton School District will be offering in-person and virtual learning options for our families between June 7 - July 2.  All in-person programs will follow Affton School District’s COIVD-19 health and safety protocols in place at the end of the traditional school year.

Option 1: In-Person Summer Journey

Grades K-5 Location: Gotsch Intermediate School
Daily Times: 8:00am - 3:20pm

Grades 6-8 Location: Rogers Middle School
Daily Times: 7:45am - 3:05pm

This summer our district will offer - free of charge - a fun, exciting, and academic approach to learning called Summer Journey. Make no mistake about it, not only will our summer program be FUN for kids, it will also provide an opportunity for students to experience over 60 hours of academics during the summer months. This academic time will give students the chance to review and apply previously learned skills and knowledge as well as prepare for the school year ahead. Summer Journey’s extraordinary educational goals are comprised of academic courses with hands-on instruction centered in reading, language arts, math, and social studies or science. Other fields of study are also available. 

While the academic courses will be relaxed in format—no homework or tests for grades—Summer Journey will also offer courses for hands-on exploration and discovery. Summer Journey courses may include a rocket class, where students learn the basic principles of flight as they construct and fly real rockets, or a cooking course, where they learn basic cooking techniques. Other courses that may be offered include Simple Machines Camp, designed to introduce students to elements of engineering, live well, and Lifetime Sports, designed to develop the body and encourage a lifetime of fitness. These are only a sample of the courses that may be offered. 

If you are the parent of a child who will be entering Kindergarten in fall 2021, we strongly encourage you to consider enrolling your child in Summer Journey. We have noticed that when these young students meet their teachers, fellow students, and our staff during the summer, they are eager to return in the fall and find that “first day of school” experience to be a positive one.

Who should apply for Summer Journey? Everyone. However, spots may be limited. Look at the information enclosed and apply by April 2. You'll be glad you did!

Option 2: Virtual Core Skills Building
Click Here To Enroll

K-8 virtual summer school option will be available for families who want to keep their student engaged with learning through the month of June, but who need the flexibility of a shorter day and "work from anywhere" access. Students will have access to 1.5 hours of daily  learning activities through online courseware and teachers will be providing as-needed support to students through a combination of Meets, email, and phone calls.

In-Person Location: Rogers Middle School
Virtual Learning Available Off-Site: Click Here to Enroll
Session 1: June 7 - 18
Session 2: June 21 - July 2
Daily Times: 7:45am - 2:05pm

This summer, in addition to offering all core classes for students who previously failed a semester class, Affton School District will also be offering an increased selection of credit enrichment electives for students wanting to get ahead. Students will have the ability to enroll in up to two courses to earn a total of 1 credit (one 0.5 credit course per two-week session). You can find the list of available electives and ENROLL using our Elective Sign-Up Form.

Having evaluated multiple programming options, we will be utilizing the Edgenuity online learning system for all of our virtual high school summer classes. Edgenuity online classes are already commonly used with AHS students for personalized learning opportunities so we know the program will offer rich educational experiences that will allow us to meet the academic needs of our students.

Summer Journey Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the Summer Journey program?
The Affton Summer Journey is the extended learning summer program operated by the Affton School District to provide a world-class educational experience to district students.

What does the program cost to parents?
The programming is free to all students.

When will the program be held?
The Affton Summer Journey operates daily beginning on June 7 and ending on July 2, 2021. The program will run daily from 8:00am – 3:20pm for grades K-5 and 7:45am – 3:05pm for grades 6-8.

What will my child(ren) do each day?
In the morning, Elementary and Middle School Summer Journey students will attend exciting academic classes where they may read interesting adventure stories, play language arts games, and/or use technology to solve math mysteries. A typical schedule would include four morning classes of Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science or Social Studies. After lunch, students will explore three fun-filled courses for the first half of the program, followed by three different courses in the last half of the program.

Will there be a hybrid or Gold/Purple schedule like during the regular school year?
No. Students in the Summer Journey Program will attend full days, five days a week (Monday – Friday).

What COVID-19 safety measures will be in place during Summer Journey? 
All safety protocols and guidelines present at the end of the school year will remain in place for the duration of Summer Journey. These may include a daily self-screening for COVID-19 symptoms, social distancing, mask requirements for all staff and students, hand washing/sanitizing routines, etc.

Will my child earn a gift card for perfect attendance like in previous summers?
No. Affton School District is committed to continuing to provide a safe learning environment this summer, just as we have during the traditional school year. In light of current health and safety guidelines related to COIVD-19, we will not be offering an attendance incentive as we want to ensure students and families do not feel pressured to come to school when they are not feeling well or are required to self-isolate or quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. 

Will transportation be provided to and from the program?
Limited transportation will be provided for student families following similar guidelines as were present during the traditional 2020-21 school year. Transportation information will be sent to those families who require transportation as soon as the plan becomes available.

Will breakfast and lunch be served each day?
Yes, students will be served lunches using the same systems used during the regular school term. As a result, students should plan to purchase meals (or bring lunch) in the same way they do during the regular school year.

If I fill out the enrollment form, is my child(ren) guaranteed a spot in Summer Journey?
Due to the likely need to maintain social distancing which will result in smaller class sizes, Affton School District cannot guarantee enrollment for all students. Priority enrollment will be given to students who have been recommended by their teacher/counselor for academic need. All remaining spots will be filled by random lottery selection. 

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