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Summer Day

Summer Day promotes dynamic summer learning and enrichment.

Before Summer Day, I was struggling with some subjects, like language arts and social studies. But now it’s making a difference, and my favorite part is the learning part of Summer Day. When I go back to school, I will know what I need to know.  – Samarja

Students can lose two months of reading skills and two-and-a-half months of math skills each summer. No student deserves to lose this amount of education, which is even worse for students living in under-resourced neighborhoods. This is why our Summer Day program is so vital. We combat summer learning loss for 125 students through engaging academic, arts, and enrichment programming.

Academics, Arts, Enrichment

Summer Day is a bridge—from when school ends to when it starts again in the fall. We know the program works: Last year 94% of our students improved or maintained their language arts skills, and 96% of our students improved or maintained their math skills.

Summer Day is a safe place for students to learn and grow. Not only do students sharpen their academic skills, but they also get creative through photography, visual art, singing, digital music production, and acting classes.

Rounding out the curriculum is enrichment through field trips, outdoor recreation, Peace Club, and yoga, ending with a dynamic final performance for family and the community.  Learn more. =

Career Prep

Transitioning from middle school to high school can be tough for students, which is why our Career Prep program is here to help. Students entering grades 7–9 exercise their leadership and career exploration skills at classes just for them each morning at Summer Day.  Learn more. =

Program Details


Thank you to everyone who made our virtual Summer Day, July 6-31, 2020, a success! See you next year!


Classes were held online via Zoom and pre-recorded video instruction.


Chicago Lights Tutoring students entering 1st-12th grades in the fall can participate in Summer Day, as space allows. For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Mark Dennison at / 312.274.3828. 

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