ERIC Number: ED451272
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr-20
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The Academic Summer Camp: A Demonstration of the School as a Center of Expertise.
Mims, J. Sabrina; Ponce, Ana; Moore, Stephanie; Jones, Kevin
This paper describes the Academic Summer Camp (ASC) initiated at The Accelerated School (TAS), the country's first charter accelerated school. The ASC delivers educational services to K-7 children and their parents in south central Los Angeles. Students are 40 percent African American and 60 percent Latino, and most qualify for the federal free meals program. The paper discusses how, through the inquiry process, the ASC provided a demonstration of the school as a center of expertise for resolving its challenges and moving beyond them. The paper presents a history of TAS and its unique characteristics resulting from its charter status, discussing how parents at TAS became a catalyst for creating a summer program and how the accelerated schools process provided a mechanism and structure for tapping into the wealth of resources within and beyond the school for building the program. The paper discusses the partnership between TAS and California State University Los Angeles and the resulting Professional Development Center, noting its role in the summer program. It describes components of the ASC, explaining how the program worked in its first year. It concludes by discussing the initial evaluation plan, lessons learned, and future plans. (Contains 18 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Black Students, Charter Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Hispanic American Students, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education, Poverty, Preservice Teacher Education, Professional Development Schools, Student Teaching, Summer Programs, Summer Schools
Los Angeles Accelerated Schools Center, California State University, Los Angeles, 5151 State University Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90032 ($20.00). Tel: (323) 343-4362; Fax (323) 343-5458.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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