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Summer Day

Promoting 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. This is why our Summer Day program is so vital and partners with 125 students through creative academic, arts, and enrichment programming to combat summer learning loss.

Academics, Arts, Enrichment

Summer Day is a bridge—from when school ends to when it starts again in the fall.

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 music, dance, art, and Peace Club meditation.

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 at Summer Day.

2021 Program Details


Tuesday, July 6-Thursday, July 29, 2021
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Virtual academic classes via Zoom
Wednesdays: In-person, social distancing outings with music, dance, and arts & crafts
Masks required for all students on site.


Academic classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays will be held via Zoom.
In-person activities on Wednesdays will be held at the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, 444 W. Chicago Ave.
Masks required for all students on site.


Open to students currently in grades 1-8 in the 2020-2021 school year.

For more information, please contact Program Coordinator Mark Dennison at / 312.274.3828. 

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