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Summer Matters!

Did you know that two-thirds of the achievement gap between lower and middle to higher income youth entering 9th grade can be attributed to summer learning loss? Summer is an opportunity for youth to engage in learning that is fun, engaging, and that looks different from the traditional school year, but often summer programs are too expensive for low-income families to access. By making the most of the summer through exciting, accessible programs, children come back to school in the fall without having fallen behind and are more likely to be engaged in the classroom and have higher rates of attendance – all factors that lead to increased graduation rates. High-quality summer learning is a key component in leveling the playing field for all youth – summer matters! 

Read our four page document on Summer Learning in Washington published in 2014.

Through our partnership with the National Summer Learning Association, SOWA works to ensure that summer learning is a priority both in Olympia and in Washington D.C.


Please contact Stephanie Lennon, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, at slennon@schoolsoutwashington.org